America’s First Coinage A Declaration of Independence from Boston –
more than a century before the Boston Tea Party!
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 – 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.
See Willow Tree coins
Oak Tree – struck 1660 to 1667
See Oak Tree coins
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