Lot #4. 1652 Massachusetts Bay Colony. Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. Noe-2. Rarity-5. N Reversed. MS-61 (NGC).
The January 2009 Orlando Rarities Sale - 1/4/2009
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70.4 grains. The planchet is clipped at the upper right and lower left obverse borders with the tops of the peripheral letters on both sides being off the flan in those areas. The coin overall is warm smoky-gray in tone with hints of underlying golden color. The H in MASSACHUSETTS and several dentils above show silvery highlights. The pine tree is strong and the fields are free of marks. The denomination and date on the reverse are likewise sharp.
John Hull began striking Massachusetts Bay Colony silver coins 1667 that bore an image of a pine tree on the obverse and the denomination and date on the reverse. The coins were backdated to 1652, however, giving them the appearance of having been struck during the English Civil War. He completed this coinage in 1682. The pine tree design followed Hull's earlier "Oak Tree" coinage of 1660-1667, which was also backdated to 1652.