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COLONIAL COINS

A distinguishing characteristic of a sovereign nation is the right to issue its own coins.  America began exercising that right in 1792 by issuing Pattern Coins, in 1793 by issuing copper coins, in 1794 by issuing silver coins, and in 1795 by issuing gold coins.  Prior to 1792, everyday business was conducted using a motley accumulation of tokens, coins, medals and counterfeits issued by private individuals, private mints inside and outside of America, and official mints outside of America.  These are known as Colonial Coins.

The following are lists of the major Colonial types.  On the left, is an alphabetical list of Colonial types.  On the right, the same Colonial types are listed by the date(s) in which they appeared.  

Click on any of the links to learn more information about each type.  For instance, if you have a Vermont Copper, simply click on that link to learn more about it.
   

ALPHABETICAL ORDER

American Plantations Token

Auctori Plebis Token (1787)

Bar Cent (Undated)

Bermuda (Sommer Islands)

Brasher "Doubloons" and "Half Doubloon" (1787)

Castorland "Jetons" (1796) 

Chalmers' Silver Coins

Confederatio Coppers

Connecticut Coppers (1785-1788)

Continental Dollars (1776)

Elephant Tokens (1694)

Franklin Press Token (1794)

French Colonies

Fugio Cents (1787)

Gloucester Tokens (1714) 

Hibernia Coins (1722-1724)

Higley Copper Coins (1737-1739)

Immune Columbia Coins (1785)

Immunis Columbia Copper (1786-1787)

Kentucky Tokens

Machin's Mills Halfpennies ("1747"-"1788") 

Maryland Silver (1790)  

Maryland (Lord Baltimore) (1659) 

Massachusetts Coppers (1776)  

Massachusetts Coppers (1787 and 1788) 

Massachusetts Silver (1652) 

Mott Tokens (1789)

Myddleton Tokens (1796)

New Hampshire Copper (1776)

New Jersey Coppers (1786-1788)

New Jersey "St. Patrick" Coinage

New York Coppers (1786-1787)

New York Theatre Penny

New Yorke Tokens

North American Token (1781)

Nova Constellatio Coppers (1783-1786)

Nova Eborac Coppers (1787)

Pitt Tokens (1766) 

Raleigh Plantations Token

Rhode Island Ship Medals (1779)

Rosa Americana Coins (1722-1723)

Talbot, Allum & Lee Cents (1794-1795)

Vermont Coppers (1785-1788)

Virginia Coppers (1773)

Voce Populi Coppers

Washington Coins, Tokens, and Medals

Wood's Hibernia Coins (1722-1724)

DATE ORDER

Bermuda (Sommer Islands)

Massachusetts Silver (1652)

Maryland (Lord Baltimore) (1659)

New Yorke Tokens

New Jersey "St. Patrick" Coinage

American Plantations Token

Elephant Tokens (1694)

French Colonies

Gloucester Tokens (1714)

Rosa Americana Coins (1722-1723)

Hibernia Coins (1722-1724)

Chalmers' Silver Coins

Higley Copper Coins (1737-1739)

Machin's Mills Halfpennies ("1747"-"1788")

Voce Populi Coppers

Pitt Tokens (1766)

Virginia Coppers (1773)

Continental Dollars (1776)

Massachusetts Coppers (1776)

New Hampshire Copper (1776)

Rhode Island Ship Medals (1779)

North American Token (1781)

Nova Constellatio Coppers (1783-1786)

Confederatio Coppers

Immune Columbia Coins (1785)

Connecticut Coppers (1785-1788)

Vermont Coppers (1785-1788)

New York Coppers (1786-1787)

Immunis Columbia Copper (1786-1787)

New Jersey Coppers (1786-1788)

Auctori Plebis Token (1787)

Fugio Cents (1787)

Nova Eborac Coppers (1787)

Massachusetts Coppers (1787 and 1788)

Bar Cent (Undated)

Brasher "Doubloons" and "Half Doubloon" (1787)

Mott Tokens (1789)

Maryland Silver (1790)

Franklin Press Token (1794)

Talbot, Allum & Lee Cents (1794-1795)

Kentucky Tokens

New York Theatre Penny

Castorland "Jetons" (1796)

Myddleton Tokens (1796)

Washington Coins, Tokens, and Medals

 
 

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