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.
Washington Liberty and Security Penny. Plain rim, lettered edge. Minted in London in 1795. Sharp detail with lustrous chocolate-tan surfaces and just the slightest touch of wear.
Washington Liberty and Security Penny. Plain rim, lettered edge. Smooth satiny surfaces with a tint of ice-blue dancing off rich mahogany brown surfaces. A touch of proof-like reflectivity shows. Minted in England in 1795. Super quality!
Success Medal. Small Size, Reeded Edge. A pleasing even medium brown example struck in copper.
Undated and probably of British origin. The obverse design is a USA monogram that is identical to the one used on Continental Army uniform buttons. Bar Cents are known to have circulated in New York and New Jersey. This is a high grade example with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
Plain Edge. A very sharp strike with attractive glossy brown surfaces.
Extremely well struck with glossy chestnut brown surfaces. A smoother planchet than typically seen although there is a bit of roughness at the left obverse rim. The overall eye appeal is far superior to the typical survivors of this William Wood coinage.
A clean planchet with pleasing surfaces and solid detail for the grade.
Halfpenny. Strong detail with very pleasing medium brown color and nice surfaces.
Halfpenny, Period. Well struck and free of major abrasions with lustrous smooth reddish-brown surfaces. Outstanding for the grade.
Halfpenny. Periods. Flashy orange-red luster blends beautifully with soft glossy brown. A great looking coin for the grade!
Struck in London with anti-royalist legends that suggest they were for use in America. AUCTORI PLEBIS (By rhe authority of the people) is on the obverse with INDEP ET LIBER (Independence and Liberty) on the reverse. The obverse is very similar to the 1787 Connecticut coppers. This near mint state example has nice medium brown surfaces and the usual dramatic reverse die breaks extending from either side of the seated Liberty's head. One of 2 graded AU-58 at NGC with none grading finer.
New Haven Restrike, Copper. Sharp detail with lustrous light chocolate brown surfaces.
Half Cent. A very sharp and even strike with beautiful glossy chestnut brown surfaces. Exceptionally nice for the grade with no significant marks.
Mailed Bust Right. Well detailed with pleasing color and surfaces. A massive die break on the obverse at 7 o'clock adds real character.