This section which we title “Colonial Coinage” includes the obvious, coins made prior to our nation’s independence, as well as coins made after 1776 but before the establishment of a U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1792. Washington Pieces were dated from 1783 to 1795 and are also traditionally listed as Colonial Coins although they are of English origin and in some cases struck well after their dates.
Colonial coins make up a fascinating segment of American Numismatics. They run the gambit from major rarities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to interesting and historically significant pieces that are amazingly inexpensive.
CAC approved. Halfpenny, Harp Left. A beautiful early colonial with lustrous chestnut-brown surfaces, outstanding detail and virtually no marks. Only a single coin has graded higher at PCGS with none grading higher at NGC.
Penny. Super sharp strike and very attractive.
Halfpenny. Very attractive glossy light brown surfaces. A couple small planchet voids as usually seen on the issue. This is a lovely early copper with excellent eye appeal.
CAC approved. Halfpenny. Gorgeous reddish-brown color with super clean glossy surfaces.
CAC approved. Halfpenny. Beautiful clean surfaces and attractive chocolate brown color. Nice!
CAC approved. Halfpenny. Well detailed with beautiful light chocolate surfaces. Outstanding eye appeal for this early colonial.
Halfpenny. With Period. Considerable mint red in the protected areas mixed with lustrous iridescent lavender-brown. This beauty is well struck and is void of significant abrasions. Very nice!
CAC approved. Virginia, Period. Lovely, tan brown surfaces with traces of red still present.
CAC approved. Silver Shilling. Short Worm. Struck by Annapolis silversmith, John Chalmers. He also made threepence and sixpence to provide much needed change for commerce to replace the Spanish 'bits' that circulated in the Maryland colony and in its early days as a state. This silver shilling is beautiful and far above the typical survivors of this rare issue. The surfaces are a pleasing pewter-gray and the detail is exceptional.
Washington Triumpho. Considered to have been issued to commemorate America's victory in the Revolution. Strike on the reverse has a bit of typical weakness. Surfaces are pleasant warm brown and quite appealing.
CAC approved. Draped Bust, Engrailed Edge. Copper Restrike. Beautiful iridescent toning with considerable mint red around the obverse borders. Nice!
Pointed Rays. Nice!
Draped Bust Left. Very pleasing with beautiful light brown surfaces. Connecticut coppers rarely come with surfaces that are this nice!
STATES UNITED, 4 Cinquefoils, Pointed Rays. Beautiful glossy chocolate surfaces with no significant marks and excellent eye appeal. This is the Newman 8-X variety which has a die crack running from the bottom of the sun dial thru MIND YOUR BUSINESS. This is also the variety found in the Bank of New York hoard and accounts for most of the finest Fugio Cents.
Half Cent. Well detailed with nice problem-free surfaces.
Mailed Bust Right. Nice glossy planchet.