legendary Coins and Currency
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center
Please choose one of the following: Inspect another coin or note Give money to Royal Inspector (Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling - front) Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling Front Back Today you wouldn't spell the word Massachusetts with a 'th.'  But people did not have dictionaries to check for the correct spelling until the 1700s.  So, many different versions of a word or name existed, and sometimes they were taken after traditional Indian pronunciations, which is where the 'th' may have come from.