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.
Liberty and Security Penny. Plain Rim, Lettered Edge. This impressive large copper is well struck with nice lustrous surfaces that retain a hint of faded red. Struck in 1795.
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. Large Size, Plain Edge, Silvered. These were struck in copper or brass and then "silvered". Pieces with original silver, like this , are rare and the amount of intact silvering on this example is exceptional. This is the most frequently seen variety, Baker-265A, with a prominent obverse die crack starting at the rim at 11 o'clock, thru Washington's nose, and back to the rim at 3 o'clock.
Washington Success Medal. Large Size, Reeded Edge. An attractive example of this scarce Redbook listed Washington piece. The reverse legend reads SUCCESS TO THE UNITED STATES.
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.
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.
Halfpenny. A very nice coin that looks mint state with bold detail and nice glossy brown surfaces.
CAC. Farthing. Well struck with highly lustrous iridescent chestnut brown surfaces. Great eye appeal and truly outstanding for the grade.
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. Period. Lovely surfaces with mint red and light brown on the obverse and a nearly full red reverse.
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.
STATES UNITED, 4 Cinq. Well detailed with no planchet flaws or significant marks and nice chocolate brown surfaces. A late obverse die state with a dramatic die crack from the sun dial to the rim at 6 o'clock.
Small Planchet, Plain Shield. Solid detail with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
Mailed Bust Right. Well detailed with pleasing color and surfaces. A massive die break on the obverse at 7 o'clock adds real character.
Cent. Strong detail and attractive chocolate brown surfaces.
This beautiful near-Gem early copper token retains considerable mint red and shows vibrant mint luster on excellent problem-free surfaces.