America’s First Coinage A Declaration of Independence from Boston –
more than a century before the Boston Tea Party!

[photo: 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.

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[photo: 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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[photo: Oak Tree Shilling]

Oak Tree – struck 1660 to 1667

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[photo: 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.

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