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US New England Colonial Coinage 1652 to 1682
In early New England, corn, pelts, bullets, and wampum were frequently used in lieu of coins. The British colonial General Court in 1652 ordered the first metallic currency struck: the New England silver threepence, sixpence, and shilling, lagging the Spaniards who had established a mint in Mexico City in 1535.
Most of what you see for sale for a few dollars are replicas. At the bottom of this page is a side-by-side comparison of a real and fake pine tree shilling.
Back in the 1970s an act of Congress made it illegal to produce replica coins without affixing the word COPY prominently on the piece, like this famous Pine Tree Copper. If you have a coin with the word COPY, you know it is, well, a copy. The problem comes when unscrupulous counterfeiters produce pieces without the COPY annotation.
CoinQuest thanks Steve Hayden for use of his coin photo. What a great coin!
If you have what you think might be a genuine piece, you can send a picture to CoinQuest (use the Contact Us link) and we can give you our opinion. It would be better, however, to contact an expert such as Steve Hayden on such matters. The ultimate authority on authenticity of colonial and all other coins are third party services PCGS, NGC, ICG, and ANANCS (look them up on the Internet). Do not use other services. These people will authenticate and grade your coin, then seal it in a protective holder which guarantees their assessment of your coin.
Coin: 3360 , Genre: United States
Requested by: andres, Sat, 13-Mar-2010 23:34:26 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 29-Aug-2013 13:12:55 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 29-Aug-2013 13:12:55 GMT
Requester description: 1652 NEW ENGLAND AN DOM 1652 XII MASATHVSETETSIN TREE i believe it is an oak tree
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Hi, I'm trying to find out if the coin I have is fake or not. The coin is shiny silver. How can I tell if it's fake. Thanks - Cheryl
We have included many photos of fake coins on this page. Compare your coin to those shown. The text on the page also addresses how to ID fakes. For example, you can send your coin to an authentication service. The chances that your coin is genuine are very close to zero. - CoinQuest (Paul)