America’s First Coinage

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

New England Shilling

New England


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.

See Willow Tree coins

Oak Tree Shilling

Oak Tree

STRUCK 1660 TO 1667

See Oak Tree coins

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