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.
Silver Shilling. Struck briefly in England by Cecil Calvert before production was stopped by the English government which didn't allow the export of precious metals to the colonies. Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, was arrested in October of 1659. This is a very pleasing Large Bust shilling that is well detailed with nice dove-gray surfaces. Only 30 or so examples have been graded at PCGS in all grades.
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.
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. Sharply struck with glossy iridescent brown surfaces and delicate lavender and rose hues.
CAC. Plain Edge. An incredible sharp and even strike; the best we've seen! On the obverse a hand holds a scroll inscribed OUR CAUSE IS JUST. This area is almost always weak but is 100% struck up on this example. The surfaces are a lustrous and very attractive chocolate brown with minimal abrasions. As you would expect; the eye appeal is exceptional!
Oak Tree Shilling. Outstanding for the grade. The oak tree is clear on the obverse with a much better and even strike than usually seen. The date, denomination and most of the legend are clear on the reverse. The surfaces are problem-free and truly exceptional for this scarce issue.
2 Pence. Arguably mint state with sharp detail and glossy chestnut brown surfaces that show no apparent sign of wear.
CAC. Halfpenny. Sharp detail on a beautiful glossy medium brown planchet. Very choice with no obvious sign of wear.
Halfpenny. Very nearly mint state with glossy medium brown surfaces.
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. 'P' below bust. Vlack 10-K.
Halfpenny. No P. Well detailed from an even, centered strike.
Halfpenny. No P. Very attractive with glossy light chocolate brown surfaces and just the barest trace of wear.
Period after GEORGIVS. Lustrous mostly orange-red surfaces blending with a touch of soft olive-brown. "Fresh' and very attractive.
Halfpenny. With Period. Well struck and lustrous with problem-free surfaces that retain considerable mint red.
Halfpenny. Period. Well struck lustrous surfaces that still display a generous amount of mint 'bloom'. Very attractive and desirable.
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.