1652 Shilling Pine Tree, Sm Planchet AU58

CERTIFICATION#: 05956276
PCGS#: 24

Owner's Comments

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.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth:

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 14
   Noe 15
   Noe 16 
   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 23
   Noe 24 - 4-5 known per Breen
   Noe 25 - Rare
   Noe 26 - Very Rare
   Noe 27 - 3 known per Breen
   Noe 28
   Noe 29 
   Noe 30
   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.

Diameter: N/A Designer: N/A Edge: N/A
Mintage: N/A Weight: N/A Metal Content: Other
3
675
1
4
1,150
3
6
1,450
3
45+
8,250
1
50+
12,500
53+
14,500
55+
17,500
58+
21,000
60
24,000
61
26,500
2
64
65,000
1

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS62 PCGS grade Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:1149, not sold
2 MS62 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack’s 10/2005:111, $17,250

4 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade