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. Well detailed chocolate brown 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.
6 Pence. Struck briefly in England by Cecil Calvert before production was stopped by the Clerke of the Irons in the Tower, who was also holder of a Puritan Commonwealth commission against false coiners. After being arrested, his right to coin money was eventually upheld. This lovely example exhibits silver-gray surfaces with a subtle lavender tint. Detail is solid and the strike is sharp. An excellent acquisition for any collection.
Plain Edge. Sharply struck with nice glossy brown surfaces.
A lovely original coin with somewhat reflective mint red surfaces.
Oak Tree 2 Pence. Large 2. Well centered with strong detail and beautiful problem-free gun-metal blue-gray surfaces.
CAC. 2 Pence. William Wood struck Hibernia halfpennies and farthings as well as Rosa Americana halfpennies, pennies, and twopence. This is a lovely example of the large copper twopence with strong detail and nice original olive-brown surfaces.
Halfpenny. Beautiful original surfaces with a lovely blend of mint red and soft olive-brown. Outstanding quality!
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 Period. Nearly perfect with a razor-sharp strike and no significant marks, and absolutely zero carbon! The surfaces are lustrous and a frosty light brown with an iridescent steel-blue hue. Amazing quality and nearly 250 years old!
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.
CAC. Shilling. Short Worm. High R-4. Attractive light gray surfaces that are surprisingly problem-free. Quite attractive and desirable.
Newman 13-X. Vibrant chocolate-brown mint luster with iridescent hues of ruby and steel-blue. The strike is very strong and the surfaces are nearly mark-free and devoid of planchet irregularities which tend to plague these coins. Incredible quality!
Club Rays, Rounded Ends. Well detailed with pleasing brown surfaces.
Halfpenny. Vlack 23-88A. Thomas Machin and his partners minted these imitation British Halfpennys in Newburgh, Ulster County, NY. This is an exceptionally choice example with lustrous light chocolate brown surfaces that are wonderfully original and problem-free. The strike is much better than typically seen and the centering is perfect. A single coin has graded finer at NGC. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Educational Society.