Pine tree shilling (large planchet)
1652 (struck ca. 1667-1674)
Origin: America, New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Gift of the Lasser Family
Acc. No. 2002-77,11
Obverse: Pine tree within beaded circle, outer legend within beaded border.
Reverse: Legend within beaded border, date & denomination within beaded circle at center.
Label:The General Court of Massachusetts Bay authorized silversmiths John Hull and Robert Sanderson to strike shilling, sixpence, and threepence coins at Hull's Boston facility in 1652. The last of Hull and Sanderson's tree series of coins, the pine tree issues of 1667 to 1682, are certainly the most famous.
Provenance:Purchased at the New York International Coin Convention from a Christiansen Auction, 9 December 1978, Lot 6.
Inscription(s):Obverse: "MASATHVSETS IN"
Reverse: "NEW ENGLAND AN DOM," and "1652 XII" within central border of beads.