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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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

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

1652 PINE TREE THREEPENCE, NO PELLETS AT TRUNK MS62

WITH PELLETS. ONLY FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$25,000.00