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.
Double-Head Cent. Military Bust. Attractive chocolate surfaces.
Washington Liberty & Security Penny. Well struck with lustrous light brown surfaces that are problem-free and offer excellent eye appeal.
Halfpenny. LONDON, Thick Planchet. Very choice for this scarce issue with smooth hard surfaces, strong detail and none of the rim bumps or corrosion that tend to plague these coins.
Plain Edge. Beautiful glossy brown surfaces and a sharp strike. Devoid of significant marks and spots with excellent eye appeal!
Pine Tree 6 Pence. Pellets at Trunk. Sharp detail from an even and well centered strike. Shifted slightly north on the obverse. The surfaces are a beautiful steel-gray with underlying luster. This is the only AU-55 graded at PCGS with just 2 finer - an MS-61 and MS-62.
CAC. Pine Tree 6 Pence. Pellets at Trunk. Crosby 1-A. Problem-free with lovely soft gray surfaces. The reverse is centered while the obverse is misaligned toward 12 o'clock as is diagnostic for the variety.
Pine Tree Shilling, Small Planchet. Sharply defined with beautiful original olive-gray surfaces that retain a glimpse of mint luster. Super eye appeal and a great piece of our colonial history!
2 Pence. Period after REX. Sharp detail with little sign of wear. The surfaces are a blend of brown and olive-green. Only a single example has graded finer at PCGS!
Halfpenny. Harp Right. Beautiful lustrous light brown surfaces. Problem-free, attractive and very nearly mint state.
CAC. Halfpenny. Sharp detail on a beautiful glossy medium brown planchet. Very choice with no obvious sign of wear.
Halfpenny. Strong detail with evenly blended reddish-brown surfaces. A prominent die crack on the obverse runs from the rim at 8 o'clock through the legend and to the rim at 11 o'clock.
Halfpenny. Very well struck with beautiful glossy brown surfaces that show a trace of faded mint red.
Halfpenny. Strong detail with lustrous medium brown surfaces. The obverse portrait is very strong and all the reverse details, including the often weak harp, are bold.
Halfpenny. No P. Very attractive with glossy light chocolate brown surfaces and just the barest trace of wear.
1/2 Pence. A scarce token of English origin to recognize the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766 by William Pitt. This is a beautiful problem-free example with nice glossy chocolate brown surfaces.
Halfpenny. With Period. Well struck and lustrous with problem-free surfaces that retain considerable mint red.
Halfpenny. With Period. A beautiful example with lustrous olive-brown surfaces that retain flashes of original orange-red. The strike is strong and the surfaces are very pleasing.
Halfpenny. Period. Well struck lustrous surfaces that still display a generous amount of mint 'bloom'. Very attractive and desirable.
Shilling. Short Worm. Some weakness in the center of the design as expected on this scarce issue. The surfaces are remarkably problem-free and a beautiful soft gray. The legends on both sides are clear. It's hard to imagine a more appealing Good-6!
CAC. 3 Pence. Struck by Annapolis silversmith, John Chalmers. He also made sixpence and shillings 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 is a beautiful original coin with a pewter-blue patina and considerable mint luster. Very scarce with only 15 pieces graded in all grades at PCGS. Ex: Newman.