Posted by JeffK on March 31, 2011 at 19:58:27:
In Reply to: 1652 New England silver coin. posted by Eugene Ahlfors on March 31, 2011 at 17:56:10:
It sounds like you have what's called a Pine Tree Shilling, or one of its cousins depicting another variety of New England tree. The original coins were struck for many years but all were dated 1652 for reasons relating to disputes between the colonists and the Crown.
Pine Tree shillings have been heavily counterfeited; you can also buy a legitimate replica (marked with COPY somewhere in the design) for a few dollars from many sources.
If you can't find the word COPY on it, have it checked out but my guess is that it's not an original piece.
: Have silver coin marked New England 1652. Reverse Massachusetts.IN with a tree-ObversNew England AN DOm 1652 XII. Printing is crude but coin has little wear. What is this thing? Does it have value?
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