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.
Plain Edge. Attractive and nearly mint state with lustrous chestnut-brown surfaces.
A lovely original coin with somewhat reflective mint red 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. Well detailed with very pleasing medium brown color and nice surfaces.
Halfpenny. Beautiful satiny surfaces with bright original luster that retains considerable mint red. The surfaces are remarkably clean and the eye appeal is outstanding.
CAC. Halfpenny. Period. Brilliant mint red blends beautifully with delightful soft tan. Super eye appeal!
CAC. An estimated 6,000 coins minted, probably in New York, as the first dollar sized coins proposed for the United States. The design was by Benjamin Franklin and the dies were engraved by Elisha Gallaudet. About 100 coins have survived. This is a beautiful problem-free example that is outstanding for the grade. The detail is bold and the surfaces are exceptionally nice and even retain a trace of mint luster. A great piece of early American history!
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.
CAC. Shilling. Short Worm. High R-4. Attractive light gray surfaces that are surprisingly problem-free. Quite attractive and desirable.
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. None have graded finer at NGC or PCGS. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Educational Society.