One of those "neat as can be" items, the first ever seen by the writer (FVV), and a "coin" that would make a grand addition to a Massachusetts Bay Colony silver collection. The devices and the lettering are of the old-style seen on the original Massachusetts silver issues of 1652 and later. The heft and appearance of the piece suggest a silver content though of unknown purity. The size of a silver dollar, this attractive steel-gray specimen features a true-to-detail Pine Tree with dots at trunk motif and with IN MASATHVSETS and a cluster of seven tiny dots around. The reverse is lettered NEWENGLAND : AN : DOM with IV / SHILLING / 1652 within a beaded circle and with a cluster of nine dots between DOM and NEW. If you are a colonial coin enthusiast who has never seen one of these, it will be well worth your while to take a look -- and to place a bid when it takes its turn in the auction routine. Take the writer's word on this one -- it is downright neat!