Cut Oak tree shilling
1652 (struck ca. 1660-1667)
Origin: America, New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 2002-77,17
Obverse: Oak tree within beaded circle, outer legend within beaded border.
Reverse: Legend within beaded border, date & denomination within beaded circle at center.
Label:The earliest Massachusetts silver coins were struck by hand-held hammer and anvil dies. At some point, Hull and Sanderson acquired either a roller or a rocker press, the former similar to the old-fashioned clothes wringers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This minting machine produced coins of higher quality and clarity and was used to strike the Oak tree series.
To make change, this coin was cut to the approximate weight of a fourpence during its working life. It may be that it was originally cut to a sixpence, and then had a further twopence reduced from it to make a fourpence later on.
Provenance:Sold by Stack's Coin Galleries auction, February 1977, Lot 307. Purchased from Edward Roehrs, 4 May 1998.
Inscription(s):Obv: Originally "MASATHVSETS IN."
Reverse: Originally "NEW ENGLAND AN DOM," and "1652 XII" within central border of beads.