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.
Halfpenny. 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.
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.
Pine Tree 6 Pence. With Pellets. Smooth surfaces with a pleasing gray-blue patina and dove-gray design features. Pleasing for the grade with strong design definition.
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. Harp Right. Beautiful lustrous light brown surfaces. Problem-free, attractive and very nearly mint state.
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.
Farthing. D:G:REX. Very sharply struck with lustrous olive-brown surfaces and no apparent signs of wear. Very attractive.
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.
1/2 Pence. A scarce token of English origin to recognize the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766 by William Pitt. This is a beautiful problem-free example with nice glossy chocolate brown surfaces.
Halfpenny. With Period. Well struck and lustrous with problem-free surfaces that retain considerable mint red.
Halfpenny. With Period. A beautiful example with lustrous olive-brown surfaces that retain flashes of original orange-red. The strike is strong and the surfaces are very pleasing.