Colonials

When the first Europeans began to settle in America during the 1500s, there was little use for coins. Where would you spend them in a complete wilderness? Coins meant nothing to the native people, yet the Europeans found that they needed to trade with them in order to survive, particularly during winter. The colonists soon adopted the native practice of exchanging wampum (small clamshells fashioned into beads) for food, animal skins and other necessities. Another highly prized commodity, especially in Europe, was a plant native to America called tobacco. Both items were so commonly exchanged that the English colonies of the Atlantic coast actually passed laws regulating their values by weight or by count.

The simple economy of the early colonists eventually gave way to a society that resembled the c.... (Expand Text)

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1783 CHALMERS 3PENCE MS63

JOHN CHALMERS THREEPENCE. RARITY-5. SOLE HIGHEST GRADE. CAC.
$109,500.00

1783 CHALMERS, SHORT WORM SHILNG XF45

A FABULOUS PIECE OF AMERICANA.
$17,950.00

1786 COP PAT, SHIELD REV IMMCOL AU50 Brown

IMMUNIS COLUMBIA. RARITY-6+. ONLY ABOUT 20 KNOWN TO EXIST IN ALL GRADES. ONLY 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$87,500.00

1787 COP PAT, EAGLE REV IMMCOL MS64 Brown

IMMUNIS COLUMBIA. TIED WITH TWO OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$29,950.00

1787 MASSACHUSETTS 1/2 C MS65 Brown

GLOSSY BROWN SURFACES. JUST A HANDFUL GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$9,950.00

1790 BALT, STANDISH BARRY 3PENCE VF20

VERY SCARCE BARRY STANDISH COLONIAL.
$32,500.00

1792 WASH GETZ, SM EAGLE CENT MS61 Brown

VERY CHOICE CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. PEDIGREE DATES BACK TO 1882 FROM HTE FAMOUS BUSHNELL COLLECTION. ONLY TWO COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$149,500.00

1797 NEW YORK THEATRE PENNY PR65 Brown

GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED.
$37,500.00

ELEPHANT LONDON, THIN 1/2 P MS65 Brown

THIN PLANCHET. GEM CHOCOLATE SURFACES WITH SOME RED STILL EVIDENT. ONLY 1 COIN GRADE HIGHER.
$32,500.00

KENTUCKY LANCASTER CENT MS63 Red

LOVELY PLANCHET.
$1,750.00

N ENGLAND SHILNG XF40

ULTRA RARE. NOE-III-A, 66.20 grs. RARITY-7+. ORIGINALLY STRUCK IN BOSTON AFTER AUTHORIZED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT IN 1652. THESE ARE THE FIRST COINS MINTED THE "ENGLISH AMERICAS".
$175,000.00

NEW YORKE BRASS TOKEN VF35

THIS IS THE FIRST COIN TO BEAR THE 'NEW YORK' NAME.ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$75,000.00

ST PATRICK NEW JERSEY 1/2 P XF45 Brown

SMALL LETTERS. SECOND HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY AN EF45 GRADED HIGHER.
$11,500.00