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.
Mount Removed - XF Detail.
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!
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. 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 less than 20 pieces graded in all grades at PCGS. Ex: Newman.
Well detailed with exceptionally clean surfaces and nice medium brown color.
Washington & Independence. Large Bust. Rich chocolate surfaces.
Draped Bust, Plain Edge, Copper Restrike. Beautiful chocolate mirrors with strands of peripheral mint red.
Mailed Bust Left, Horned Bust. Pleasant chocolate surfaces and free of corrosion and the planchet problems that tend to plague these early 'coppers'.
4 Cinq, 8 Pointed Star. A pleasing example of this better 'Fugio' variety which has an 8 pointed star rather than cinquefoils between STATES UNITED on the reverse. The detail is sharp and the planchet is much nicer than typically seen.
Cent. Arrows in Left Talon. Outstanding medium brown surfaces and solid detail. These early coppers seldom come this problem-free.
Half Cent. Well detailed with nice glossy surfaces.
Half Cent. Strong detail with nice two-toned brown surfaces.
Grate Halfpenny. Large Buttons, Reeded Edge. Warm brown and mint red blend nicely over lustrous surfaces. Excellent eye-appeal.