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Colonial America
 Coins Used in Early America


8125 - FRANCE, ROYAL. LOUIS XV LE BIEN-AIMÉ (THE WELL-BELOVED), 1715 - 1774. AR [silver] Third écu de France couronné (27mm, 6h). La Rochelle mint; différents: acorn/arrow. Dated 1722 H. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right/Crowned coat-of-arms. Droulers 759; Duplessy 1667; Ciani 2109. In PCGS encapsulation graded VF 35. Toned. Traded in New France as well as France proper as silver was the accepted coin medium in New France and Louisiana with the copper 9 deniers being poorly accepted by the Colonists and in fact many copper coins were returned to France due to poor acceptance.............................................$225.00

THE FRENCH IN EARLY COLONIAL HISTORY

8700 - COLONIAL AMERICA, FRENCH COLONIAL 1721, Sou or 9 deniers, copper coinage of 1721 and 1722 was authorized by an edict of King Louis XV dated June 1721. The coins were struck on copper blanks imported from Sweden. Rouen and La Rochelle struck pieces of nine deniers in 1721 and 1722. New France received 534,000 pieces, mostly from the mint of La Rochelle, but only 8,180 were successfully put into circulation, as the colonists disliked copper. In 1726, the rest of the issue was sent back to France. These were circulated in Canada and Louisiana, H mint mark [La Rochelle]. Very good, clear details............................................................$175.00

8701 - COLONIAL AMERICA, FRENCH COLONIAL 1722/21, Sou or 9 deniers, H mint mark, La Rochelle mint. The copper coinage of 1721 and 1722 was authorized by an edict of King Louis XV dated June 1721. The coins were struck on copper blanks imported from Sweden. Rouen and La Rochelle struck pieces of nine deniers in 1721 and 1722. New France received 534,000 pieces, mostly from the mint of La Rochelle, but only 8,180 were successfully put into circulation, as the colonists disliked copper. In 1726, the rest of the issue was sent back to France. These were circulated in Canada and Louisiana. Very fine, unusually nice.........................................................SOLD


4181 - SPANISH PILLAR DOLLAR, 1754, 8 REALS, Lima, Peru Mint, 40mm, Ferdinand VI, often referred to as the first American silver dollar and used extensively in the Colonies due to a lack of English silver. Two hemispheres of a world map, crowned between the Pillars of Hercules adorned with the PLVS VLTR[A] motto. Displays the arms of Castile and León with Granada in base and an inescutcheon of Anjou. Very fine, light tone................................$445.00

4182 - SPANISH PILLAR DOLLAR, 1755, 8 REALS, Lima, Peru Mint, 39.5mm, Ferdinand VI, often referred to as the first American silver dollar and used extensively in the Colonies due to a lack of English silver. Two hemispheres of a world map, crowned between the Pillars of Hercules adorned with the PLVS VLTR[A] motto. Displays the arms of Castile and León with Granada in base and an inescutcheon of Anjou. EF, light tone........................................$495.00


4184 - ENGLAND, GEORGE I, 1714 - 1727
, silver six pence, 22mm, South Sea Company Issue, Tower Mint, London, dated 1723, very fine..........................................
$150.00

4185 - 2 REAL COB, DATED 1670/2, silver 2 Reals excavated in Volusia County, Florida, [along the east coast of Florida] nice details for an excavated silver coin with a partial date [167 - ], last numeral digit weak, Potosi, Bolivia mint. For type fine................................................$145.00


3011 - 1746 ENGLISH COPPER FARTHING, George II facing to the left, reverse Britannia seated left, date 1746 below. Fine +, good details. 1746 was the year that the French Fleet preparing to attack the British Colonies was destroyed by sickness and weather and the Admiral in charge dying of an apparent suicide over the loss of his fleet..................................................$59.50

3012 - 1754 ENGLISH COPPER FARTHING, George II facing to the left, reverse Britannia seated left, date 1754 below. Very Good. The Battle of Jumonville Glen begins the French and Indian War in North America: 22 - year - old George Washington leads a company of militia from the Colony of Virginia in an ambush on a force of 35 French Canadians................$40.00

3013 - 1773 ENGLISH COPPER FARTHING, George III facing right, Britannia seated left, 1773 below. Very Good. In April Parliament passes the Tea Act, in December the Boston Tea Party took place....................................................$40.00


4241 - GEORGE II 1735 HALF PENNY
, Bust of George II, Reverse Britannia seated, date below, any extraordinary piece in condition for being excavated. Very fine details, [Fort Ticonderoga, NY]...................................................
$85.00

6606 - WILLIAM AND MARY, Silver Half Crown dated 1689, busts of William & Mary facing right. Reverse crest of both. William and Mary were the co-regents over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, namely the Dutch Prince of Orange King William III (& II) and his spouse (and first cousin) Queen Mary II. Their joint reign began in February 1689 after they were offered the throne by the Convention Parliament irregularly summoned by William after his victorious invasion of England in November 1688, the Glorious Revolution. They replaced James II (& VII), Mary's father, who fled the country. Parliament offered William and Mary a co-regency, at the couple's behest. After Mary died in 1694, William ruled alone until his death in 1702. William and Mary were childless and were ultimately succeeded by Mary's younger sister, Anne. To end the Glorious Revolution, William and Mary signed the English Bill of Rights of 1689. This action both signaled the end of several centuries of tension and conflict between the crown and parliament, and the end of the idea that England would be restored to Roman Catholicism, King William being a Dutch Protestant leader. The Bill of Rights also inspired the English colonists in the Thirteen Colonies to revolt against the rule of King James II and his proposed changes in colonial governance. These revolts occurred in the colonies of Massachusetts, New York, and Maryland. Their names were lent to the second institution of higher learning in the United States. The College of William and Mary, which was founded in 1693 under a royal charter. Very fine............................................$295.00


7000 - 1738 GEORGE II HALF PENNY, Bust of George II facing left, Britannica seated, copper half penny excavated in Charleston. Excellent condition for an excavated coin, nice very fine with good surfaces, unusually nice.............SOLD


7001 - 1745 GEORGE II HALF PENNY
, Bust of George II facing left, Britannica seated, copper half penny excavated in Charleston, SC. Good details, light roughness, good color...........................................
$40.00


7002 - 1750 GEORGE II HALF PENNY, IRISH ISSUE
, Bust of George II facing left, Irish harp, clear details, very good, excavated in Charleston, SC.....................................
$59.00


7003 - 1760 GEORGE II FARTHING, IRISH ISSUE
, Bust of George III left, Irish harp, excavated in Charleston, SC. A real nice, very fine, great details and nice surfaces......................................................
$125.00


3258 - 1699 ENGLISH HALF CENT
, William III, Bust of William III/Britannica seated, year that Captain Kidd was captured in Boston and sent to England to be hung, fine.........................................................
SOLD



3259 - 1733 DUTCH 2 SILVER STIVERS
, Year that Oglethorpe establishes the Colony of Georgia and the year the Germans in Pennsylvania begin making red ware, very fine................................
SOLD



3260 - 1749 ENGLISH HALF PENNY
, George II/Britannica, English grant tracts of land to the west in the Ohio region and west of the North Carolina and Virginia borders, fine............................................
SOLD

3261 - 1757 ENGLISH HALF PENNY, George II/Britannica, French forces under Montcalm capture and burn Fort William Henry, Indians attack British on the way to Fort Edward, very good........................................................SOLD

3262 - 1757 ENGLISH SILVER 6 PENCE
, George II, French forces under Montcalm capture and burn Fort William Henry, Indians attack British on the way to Fort Edward, very fine; nice............................................................
$95.00


3263 - 1758 ENGLISH SILVER SHILLING
, George II, English attack the French at Fort Ticonderoga, French abandon Fort Duquesne - English settlers throng west, very good.......................................................
$65.00

3264 - 1763 DUTCH SILVER 2 STIVERS, France gives up Acadia and all possessions East of the Mississippi River, Chief Pontiac destroys British forts in Ohio, very fine........................................................$45.00

3265 - 1771 ENGLISH HALF PENNY, George III/Britannica, Daniel Boone travels through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky, very fine.............................................SOLD

3266 - 1773 ENGLISH HALF PENNY, George III/Britannia, The Tea Act becomes effective, in December patriots dressed as Mohawks throw 342 casks of tea into Boston Harbor, very good.............................................SOLD

3267 - 1795 UNITED STATE LARGE CENT FOUND ON A COLONIAL SITE NEAR CHARLES TOWN, WEST VIRGINIA, Liberty cap design, ONE CENT within wreath. Found in a garden near a French and Indian War vintage stone cottage. The date 1795 is clear and bold, most of the LIBERTY clear as well as the outline of Liberty and the cap behind, on the reverse ONE CENT is clear along with the wreath along part of the motto UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A present price trend lists the value at $275 in about good. This one grades fair to about good and was found on the property that once belonged to the daughter of John Augustine Washington, George Washington's brother in the garden near the stone cottage. An interesting relic related to the Washington family............................................................SOLD



61510 - ENGLAND, CHARLES I
, ND (1639 - 40) VF35 NGC, S-2796. Tower mint under the king. Mintmark triangle. 5th bust type. Sharply defined for the grade. Typical of the early English coins that would have been used in Virginia and New England. Excellent legends and clear portrait.......................................................
$185.00


61511 - ENGLAND, GEORGE I
, 1727, 1 silver penny, bust of George I. Extremely fine. One of the English coins used in the early 18th Century in the American colonies, choice....................................................
$125.00



61512 - ENGLAND, GEORGE I
, 1723, silver one shilling. One of the English coins used in the early 18th Century in the American colonies. A nice fine.........................................
$125.00


61513 - ENGLAND, GEORGE III
, 1787, silver shilling, bust of George III, year of the US Constitution but English coins were still circulated in America as US coinage does not start until 1793. Near uncirculated, choice condition......................................
SOLD

COINS USED IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES

3279 - GEORGE II, dated 1749 copper half penny, bust of George II facing left, Britannica seated on verso date below, very good...........................................SOLD

3282 - STATE OF CONNECTICUT, 1787
, Copper cent, Connecticut coppers have the most complex minting history of all colonial issues. There were more that 355 die combinations, with at least 126 type varieties having 26 distinct bust styles made by at least six different mints. Yet, the basic design of the Connecticut Coppers never changed; all issues imitated the British halfpenny! The obverse depicted the bust of a man wearing a laurel wreath, the figure sometimes faced to the left (as George II) or to the right (as George III) and was either clad in mail armor or draped in a toga. The obverse legend was one of several forms of Latin abbreviations for the phrase "By the authority of Connecticut." The reverse depicted a seated personification of Liberty closely resembling the British Britannia with a legend consisting of an abbreviated form of "Independence and Liberty." This example has clear details and date, good to very good for this type which nearly always is crudely struck...................................................
SOLD



1208 - FERDINAND VI, 1758, 1 REAL, 1758
, Mexico City Mint, two pillows, "a miniature Pillar Dollar," nice fine, even wear..........................................
$75.00


1209 - CARLOS III, 4 REALS, 1780
, Bust of Carlos III, Potosi, Bolivia mint, half a "Piece of Eight", scarce mint as well as the 4 Reals being many times scarcer than the 8 Real, very fine, a great Revolutionary War date [1780]..................................................
$295.00


1210 - CARLOS III, 2 REALS, 1777
, Bust of Carlos III, Potosi, Bolivia mint, 2 reals or known as the "Two Bit Piece," a great Revolutionary War date [Battle of Brandywine], extremely fine or near as struck, luster to the silver.....................................................
$185.00


1211 - CARLOS III, 2 REALS, 1781
, Bust of Carlos III, Lima Peru mint, 2 Reals or known as the "Two Bit Piece," a great Revolutionary War date [Battle of Yorktown], very fine, gray tone................................................
$85.00


1212 - CARLOS III, 1 REAL, 1781
, Bust of Carlos III, Mexico City mint, 1 Real a great Revolutionary War date [Battle of Yorktown], very good - fine gray tone.............................................................
$50.00

1214 - FERDINAND VII, 1815, ONE HALF REAL OR PICAYUNE, Bust of Ferdinand VII, half Real, Mexico City mint, known in New Orleans as a "Picayune", YEAR OF THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, fine slight blem on bust.......................................................SOLD

11222 - A CHOICE TWO REAL OF CARLOS III, 1773, 2 Reals or "Two Bits," portrait of Carlos III, Potosi, Bolivia Mint. This coin originated from a treasure chest hoard found in a cave in Bolivia years ago. Excellent quality silver with excellent details. EF for type. Same year as the "Boston Tea Party".......................................................$200.00



1217 - USED IN NEW HOLLAND [NEW YORK]
, Silver two Stivers, dated 1762, HOLLANDIA/Crest, very fine, good quality silver...................
SOLD

1218 - 8 REAL FROM THE SPANISH TREASURE GALLON, SANTA MARIA DE LACONSOLACION THAT SUNK IN 1681 after being ground by the Captain off the Isle de Muerto off the coast of Chile when approached by pirates and set on fire. The majority of the treasure was 8 Real Cobs struck in Potosi, Bolivia. The classic "piece of Eight" of the 17th Century and the ancestor of our silver dollar. Typical crude stamped design, used throughout the New World as the main type of trade coin. Fine for type.................................$125.00


COLONIAL ERA COINS - NEW YORK

14134 - SPANISH ONE HALF REAL, dated 1757, Mexico City Mint, dug at Wappinger Falls, [Dutchess County, NY], early pillar style. Very good..................................$45.00


14138 - ENGLISH HALFPENNY
, 17??, George II, dug at Nicholas Herkimer home site in Little Falls, NY, quite worn but distinguishable....................................
SOLD

11220 - SPANISH SILVER COBS, c 1700, One Half Silver Reals, usual crude cut from silver bars small silver coins all with the details of the Spanish crests/cross. These small coins were used throughout the Spanish Colonial world and in the American colonies and are constantly being found in American Colonial sites. Very good............................................SOLD

11222 - A CHOICE TWO REAL OF CARLOS III, 1773, 2 Reals or "Two Bits", portrait of Carlos III, Potosi, Bolivia Mint. This coin originated from a treasure chest hoard found in a cave in Bolivia years ago. Excellent quality silver with excellent details. EF for type. Same year as the "Boston Tea Party".............................................$200.00


VIRGINIA NAMED AFTER QUEEN ELIZABETH

The state of Virginia was named after England's Queen Elizabeth I. In the early 1600's, all of North America that was not Spanish or French was then called "Virginia" in honor of "The Virgin Queen," and the earliest English colonial expeditions were sent by the Virginia Company of London. We offer five nice shillings of Queen Elizabeth minted during her reign. Similar specimens have been found in early English settlements and are typical of the early coinage of the colonies. All coins are hammer struck resulting usually in some soft strikes.

8032 - TUDOR ENGLAND, ELIZABETH I, 1558 - 1603. AR Shilling (31 mm, 5.62g, 7h). Sixth issue. Tower mint; im: escallop. Struck 1584 - 1586. Crowned bust (B&C 3B) left/Coat-of-arms over cross fourchée. North 2014; SCBC 2577. Fine, toned, areas of flatness. Ex M. G. Linger Collections..........................................................SOLD

8033 - TUDOR ENGLAND, ELIZABETH I, 1558 - 1603. AR Shilling (31 mm, 5.77g, 4h). Sixth issue. Tower mint; im: tun. Struck 1592 - 1595. Crowned bust (B&C 6B) left/Coat-of-arms over cross fourchée. North 2014; SCBC 2577. Near fine, toned. Ex M. G. Linger Collection...........................................$250.00

8034 - TUDOR ENGLAND, ELIZABETH I, 1558 - 1603. AR Shilling (30 mm, 5.97g, 7h). Sixth issue. Tower mint; im: key. Struck 1595 - 1598. Crowned bust (B&C 6B) left/Coat-of-arms over cross fourchée. North 2014; SCBC 2577. Good, fine, toned. Ex M. G. Linger Collections..........................................$350.00

 

 
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