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United States Colonial Coins

The Coinage Act of 1792 established an official government-issued monetary system. However, coins circulated in the fledgling United States before 1792. These coins were a mix of mostly Spanish pieces of eight and colonial issues. The earliest of these colonial coins were crude silver coins known as Massachusetts silvers, which were shillings issued in 1652 by the Massachusetts colony. Three variations of these coins were issued, all dated 1652: the willow tree, oak tree, and pine tree variants.

While there are several more examples of early colonial coins, most were issued in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. Virginia issued a series of half pennies, pennies, and shillings in 1773 and 1774, with other states following shortly thereafter. In 1776, the Continental Congress... Read more

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