If there is a prettier Small Planchet Pine Tree Shilling around, I have not seen it! This piece also has one of the longest pedigree chains of any coin in the Blue Angel set, from Stack’s Oct-2005 sale of the Ford Collection Part XII, lot 114 - earlier F.C.C. Boyd - earlier Chapman’s June-1912 sale of the George H. Earle Collection, lot 1961 - earlier Chapman’s June-1882 of the Charles I. Bushnell collection, lot 174.
In 1652, John Hull began striking silver coins bearing an image of a pine tree on the obverse and the date and denomination on the reverse. This design followed Hull's "Oak Tree" design.
Massachusetts "Pine Tree" Small Planchet Shillings include the following die varieties:
Noe 12 - All of this variety are counterfeits - 1 known per Breen
Noe 13 - Authenticity questioned by Breen
Noe 17 - Very Scare
Noe 18 - 5 known
Noe 19 - Rare
Noe 20 - Extremely Rare
Noe 21 - 3-4 known per Breen
Noe 22 - 5-6 known per Breen
Noe 24 - 4-5 known per Breen
Noe 25 - Rare
Noe 26 - Very Rare
Noe 27 - 3 known per Breen
Noe 31 - All of this variety are counterfeits - 1 known per Breen
Sources and/or recommended reading:
Noe, S. P. (1943). The silver coinage of Massachusetts. New York, NY: American Numismatic Society.
F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack’s 10/2005:111, $17,250
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