Massachusetts: 1652 Colonial New England, Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet.
Massachusetts Bay Colony: 1652 Colonial Silver Pine Tree Shilling, Large Planchet. Pellets at trunk.
Struck in hand trimmed .999 silver, just like the originals.
(See also our complete 1652, original New England reproduction coinage to compliment your collection, or education.)
These are dedicated Museum Quality reproductions of the very first series of coins ever struck in the American Colonies. Just like all our reproductions, a genuine coin was carefully examined and every small detail faithfully recreated.
Coinage was scarce in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the middle part of the 17th century. What few coins were available were a mixed bag of heavily worn Spanish Colonial silver coins, British small denomination silver coins, the occasional Western European silver piece, and local wampum. Every day commercial business was hampered because of the non-standardized monetary system. Silver coins were not forthcoming from Great Britain, so the colony's legislative body, the General Court, took matters into their own hands and passed the Mint Act in May of 1652 establishing a mint to coin silver under the leadership of John Hull. Gradually over the next several years, the minting process was perfected at Hull's mint from the basic NE coinage to the much more elaborate Pine Tree series. The Pine Tree series of coins were first struck in 1667 (though retaining the date of the original Mint Act, 1652) and would continue in production until the mint's closure in 1682. Immensely popular, the coins circulated not only in New England, but have also been often found in archaeological contexts in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Large Planchet shillings are among the most popular of the Pine Tree coins in part due to the ample real estate afforded by the large thin planchet and the overall decent quality of striking. While not the first of the issues to be struck, the Noe-1 shilling is widely considered the "poster example" of the entire series!
Planchet manufacture at this stage was still best described as rustic: hand cutting from sheets of silver using heavy shears. The inconsistency in planchet shape and size plus the occasional flaw made the issue prone to clipping, so in 1675 the Large Planchet gave way to a smaller and thicker module that would be used until 1682.
- Struck, in 4.8- 5 Grams .999 Silver.
The original weight (in grams) was roughly 4.8.
~ SAM Strike: Modern Bullion. 7.77 Grams .999 Silver.
- Size ~ 27-29mm
- If ordering as modern Bullion, 7.77 grams .999 Fine Silver. (27-30mm)
- Just like the originals, each is hand trimmed to weight so please allow for slight irregularity and variance from the product photos shown here.
(Limited Edition Gold Strikes Available. Limited to just 10 Strikes.
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These coins are stamped with a small copy mark. You may pick where you would like this mark placed by adding it in the notes at checkout. By default this mark will be placed upon the pine tree side of the coin.
See also our NE 3, 6 and 12 pence reproductions as well. Those coins, while extremely simple and crude in manufacture. Are extremely rare today. So they would make a excellent addition to any history presentation. As they were Americas first coins that preceded the large Pine Tree issue.
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