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 AU58

BOLDLY STRUCK. AMONG THE FINEST KNOWN.
$37,500.00

1783 CHALMERS 3PENCE MS63

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

1783 CHALMERS, LARGE DATE 6PENCE XF40

GREAT EXAMPLE OF A VERY RARE COLONIAL COIN. ONLY 40-60 KNOWN. THIS IS THE THIRD HIGHEST GRADED.
$21,000.00

1783 CHALMERS, SHORT WORM SHILNG XF45

A FABULOUS PIECE OF AMERICANA.
$15,950.00

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.
$89,500.00

1787 COP PAT, EAGLE REV IMMCOL MS64 Brown

IMMUNIS COLUMBIA. LARGE EAGLE REVERSE. PLAIN EDGE. RARITY-4. TIED FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY A MS66 GRADED HIGHER.
$35,000.00

1787 EXCELSIOR, G CLINTON N YORK VF20 Brown

GEORGE CLINTON. FORMER VICE-PRESIDENT AND GOVERNOR OF NY. ONLY 10 TO 14 KNOWN PIECES TO EXIST.ONLY TWO SPECIMENS GRADED HIGHER.
$147,500.00

1787 NOVA EBOR, SEATED RT COPPER MS65 Brown

NOVA EBORAC. FIGURE RIGHT. TIED WITH ONE OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$21,500.00

1787 NOVA EBORAC, LG HEAD COPPER MS63 Brown

CHOICE CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST KNOWN LARGE HEAD SPECIMEN. NORWEB PEDIGREE.
$32,500.00

1787 STATES UNI, 4 CINQ FUGIO MS65 Red Brown

FUGIO CENT. GEM CHOICE RED BROWN SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$13,500.00

1792 WASH GETZ, SM EAGLE CENT MS61 Brown

VERY CHOICE CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. PEDIGREE DATES BACK TO 1882 FROM THE FAMOUS BUSHNELL COLLECTION. ONLY TWO COINS GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$165,000.00

1792 WASH GETZ, SM EAGLE CENT MS62 Brown

GEORGE WASHINGTON GETZ PATTERN. JUST ONE GRADE HIGHER AT NGC.
$165,000.00

1792 WASH GETZ, SM EAGLE CENT VF30 Brown

PLAIN EDGE. LOVELY CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. A FABULOUS WASHINGTONIAN PIECE.
$24,000.00

1792 WASH, ROMAN HEAD CENT PR65 Brown

ROMAN HEAD. GEM PROOF SURFACES. SOME MINT RED PIERCING THROUGH THE CHOCOLATE BROWN PATINA. ONLY 10-12 KNOWN IN ANY GRADE. CAC.
$137,500.00

1792 WASH, ROMAN HEAD CENT PR65 Red Brown

FABULOUS SPECIMEN OF A ROMAN HEAD PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DESIGN. BUSHNELL/PARMELEE PEDIGREE. CAC.
$142,500.00

1796 MYDDELTON TOKEN PR63 Brown

LOVELY SATIN RICH CHOCOLATE SURFACES. RARITY-7. BREEN ESTIMATED 8-10 SURVIVING IN ALL GRADES.
$22,500.00

1797 NEW YORK THEATRE PENNY PR65 Brown

GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED.
$35,000.00

ALBANY NO D PENNY VF30 Brown

CHURCH CENT. FABULOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS GREAT COLONIAL RARITY. LOVELY CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. HIGHEST EXAMPLE GRADED IS A XF40.
$39,500.00

ELEPHANT LONDON, THIN 1/2 P MS65 Brown

THIN PLANCHET. GEM CHOCOLATE SURFACES WITH SOME RED STILL EVIDENT. ONLY ONE MS66 COIN GRADE HIGHER.
$32,500.00

KENTUCKY LANCASTER CENT MS63 Red

LOVELY PLANCHET.
$1,650.00

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".
$165,000.00