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Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling,


The 1652 date on this coin is misleading. Shillings with this pine tree design were actually struck between 1667 and 1674. Although English colonists were forbidden to issue money, New England Puritans used the excuse of chaos that followed civil and religious wars in England to begin minting their own coins.


The Roman numerals XII indicate that this silver coin is worth 12 pence, or one shilling.


Coin inscriptions frequently used abbreviations to save space. The letters "AN.DOM" form an abbreviation for the Latin phrase "Anno Domini" or "Year of our Lord."


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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