The Massachusetts Colony General Court granted permission in 1652 to have die prepared for silver coinage. The first coins in the series were the New England (NE) coinage, Shilling, Sixpence and Threepence. The obverse of the New England series has NE struck on it, and a Roman numeral on the reverse designating the valuation of the coin (XII for the Shilling, VI for the sixpence, and III for the threepence). The NE coinage series were the first coins struck in the British American colonies.
1652 NE Shilling Replica by Peter J. Rosa
After doing some research on the NE shilling I realized that Peter’s version is one that he engraved himself and is not a copy from an original coin. The “N” on Rosa’s version is wrong when compared to the original coins. The “N” should have a prolonged curve that goes under the “E ” and the upper left should have a curve downward after the central line crosses the left limb.
See sketches below from Sylvester S. Crosby’s book; The Early Coins of America, first published in 1875.
On the reverse the Roman numerical “XII” looks thin compared to original copies.
On Peter Rosa’s shilling the edge of the coin has the word copy, but it is hard to make out the partial letters on the rim due to the thinness of the coin and the size of the letters on the copy stamp used.
Diameter: 27.65 mm
A great reference book for colonials is: Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins
I use this book because it list examples of all known varieties within a series.
The next post will be on the NE sixpence.