Cut Pine tree shilling (small planchet)
1652 (struck ca. 1675-1682)
Origin: America, New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Size: 25mm x 12mm
Weight: 30.73 grains
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 2002-77,16
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.
This example was cut in half to the weight of a light sixpence during its working life to make small change.
Noe -26 (this coin), Breen-59
Provenance:This is the Noe plate coin (#26). Ex. Appleton Collection, Massachusetts Historical Society (#d plate 5). Sold at auction by Stack's in October 1970, Lot 53. Purchased from Edward Roehrs, 4 May 1998.
Inscription(s):Obverse: "...SETS IN"
Reverse: "NEW EN..." and "1... X.." within central border of beads.