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.
CAC. GOD PRESERVE LONDON, Diagonals in Shield. A beautiful example of this rare variety showing diagonal lines connecting the four quadrants on the reverse shield. PCGS has graded just 10 coins in all grades and it is believed that fewer than 20 pieces exist. This coin is well detailed and evenly struck on a nice problem-free light brown planchet.
Lettered Edge Token. Payable in Lancaster edge.
A lovely original coin with somewhat reflective mint red surfaces.
Halfpenny. Harp Right.
Halfpenny. Well struck with lustrous and problem-free chestnut-brown surfaces.
Ship Token. Wreath below ship. Struck in pewter. A propaganda piece struck in England to persuade the Dutch colonists to sign the Treaty of Armed Neutrality during the American Revolution. The obverse shows the flagship of admiral Howe at anchor while the reverse depicts the retreat of American forces from Rhode Island in 1778. The inscriptions are in Dutch.
CAC. Ship Token. Wreath below ship. A propaganda piece struck in England to persuade the Dutch colonists to sign the Treaty of Armed Neutrality during the American Revolution. The obverse shows the flagship of admiral Howe at anchor while the reverse depicts the retreat of American forces from Rhode Island in 1778. The inscriptions are in Dutch. This beautiful example is tied for the finest graded at PCGS and is CAC approved.
CAC. Shilling. Short Worm. High R-4. Attractive light gray surfaces that are surprisingly problem-free. Quite attractive and desirable.
Draped Bust, No Button. Washington & Independence.
Narrow Shield, Curved Plow Beam.
Nice glossy medium brown surfaces with just a trace of 'friction'.
Mail Bust Left, Laughing Head.
Mailed Bust Left, Horned Bust Variety.
Draped Bust Left, ETLIR.
STATES UNITED. 4 Cinq. P.R. Solid detail with pleasing light brown surfaces.
STATES UNITED. 1/horizontal 1. A pleasing and well detailed example of this better Redbook variety. Minor Planchet voids as made.