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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ELEPHANT LONDON, THIN 1/2 P MS65 Brown

THIN PLANCHET. GEM CHOCOLATE SURFACES WITH SOME RED STILL EVIDENT. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED.
$32,500.00

KENTUCKY LANCASTER CENT MS63 Red

LOVELY PLANCHET. RED LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$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". FINEST KNOWN OF THIS VARIETY.
$165,000.00

NEW YORKE BRASS TOKEN VF35

THIS IS THE FIRST COIN TO BEAR THE 'NEW YORK' NAME. THIRD HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$71,500.00

NEW YORKE BRASS TOKEN XF40

THE FIRST COIN TO BEAR 'NEW YORK' NAME. SECOND HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY A AU55 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$87,500.00

NEW YOUR THEATRE PENNY PR64+ Brown

EXQUISITE GOLDEN BROWN PATINA. RARITY-6. JUST 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$28,500.00

SOMMER IS LARGE PORTHOLE 6PENCE VF20

EXTREMELY RARE. STRUCK IN ENGLAND FOR BERMUDA, THESE WERE THE FIRST COINS STRUCK FOR THE NEW WORLD. THIS COIN REPRESENTS A FABULOUS PIECE OF NEW WORLD COINAGE HISTORY.
$65,000.00

SOMMER IS SMALL PORTHOLE 6PENCE VF25

UNDATED. VERY RARE. ONLY 12 DISTINCT EXAMPLES KNOWN.
$35,000.00

ST PATRICK NEW JERSEY 1/2 P XF45 Brown

SMALL LETTERS. THIRD HIGHEST GRADED. ONLY AN AU50 AND AN AU53 GRADED HIGHER.
$17,500.00

ST PATRICK NEW JERSEY, SILVER FARTH AU55

FABULOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS ICONIC COLONIAL DESIGN. STRUCK IN SILVER, IT WAS GREAT DETAIL AND EXCELLENT SURFACES FOR THE GRADE.CONSIDERABLE BETTER CONDITION THEN THE AU55+ COIN. THUS, ONLY ONE MS62 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$43,950.00

WASHINGTON L&S CORDED RIM PENNY MS64 Brown

1795 DATE OF ISSUE. LIBERTY AND SECURITY ON REVERSE. CORDED RIM. ONLY TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$8,250.00