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Pair of Pine Tree Shillings

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

1663/82

Artist:

John Hull
American, born England, 1624–1683
Robert Sanderson
American, 1608–1693
Boston

About this artwork

In 1652 the General Court of Massachusetts called upon John Hull and Robert Sanderson to establish the first local mint in the state. To prevent counterfeiting of the new currency, a design of a pine tree within a double-bead ring, enclosing the words IN MASATHVSETS on one side and NEW ENGLAND AN DOM on the other, was stamped on the coins. Although the coins were produced every year until 1682, all were stamped with the date of the founding of the mint: 1652.

Status

On View, Gallery 165

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

John Hull

Title

Pair of Pine Tree Shillings

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1663–1682

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Inscribed on obverse: IN MASATHVSETTS Inscribed on reverse: NEW ENGLAND.AN DOM Inscribed in center: 1652/ XII

Dimensions

Each diam.: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.); 4.6 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan

Reference Number

1949.119-120

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