America’s First Coinage

A Declaration of Independence from Boston –
more than a century before the Boston Tea Party!
New England Shilling

New England – struck 1652

The original law called for "square," flat silver coins, but none were made.
"America's First Coins" were round with NE at the top and a value or numbers on the reverse – known today as New England issues. These first shillings bore no dates.

See New England coins

Willow Tree Shilling

Willow Tree – struck 1653 to 1660

By October 1652, the original law was amended and the new one called for
coins with double rings, MASATHVSETS between, and a tree at center.
The majority of "America's First Coins" bear the 1652 date.

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Oak Tree Shilling

Oak Tree – struck 1660 to 1667

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Pine Tree Shilling

Pine Tree – struck 1667 to 1682

The Pine Tree design was the last of the four 1652 designs struck by John Hull.

See Pine Tree coins