Pine tree sixpence
1652 (struck ca. 1667-1682)
Origin: America, New England, Massachusetts, Boston
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 2002-77,13
Obverse: Pine tree within beaded circle, outer legend within beaded border (off planchet).
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.
Noe -33a, Breen-48
Provenance:Sold by Stack's by auction, 18 June 1981, Lot. 10.
Inscription(s):Obverse: "MASATHVSETS IN"
Reverse: "NEW ENGLAND ANO," and "1652 VI" within central border of beads.