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The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the Massachusetts series of Colonial & Post-Colonial Issues in the U.S. Coins contains 25 distinct entries with CPG® values between $156.00 and $660,000.00.
The earliest authorized medium of exchange in the New England settlements was wampum. The General Court of Massachusetts in 1637 ordered "that wampamege should passe at 6 a penny for any sume under 12 d." Wampum consisted of shells of various colors, ground to the size of kernels of corn. A hole was drilled through each piece so it could be strung on a leather thong for convenience and adornment. Corn, pelts, and bullets were frequently used in lieu of coins, which were rarely available. Silver and gold coins brought over from England, Holland, and other countries tended to flow back across the Atlantic to purchase needed supplies. The colonists, thus left to their own resources, traded with the friendly Native Americans in kind. In 1661 the law making wampum legal tender was repealed.

Agitation for a standard coinage reached its height in 1651. England, recovering from a civil war between the Puritans and Royalists, ignored the colonists, who took matters into their own hands in 1652.

The Massachusetts General Court in 1652 ordered the first metallic currency—the New England silver threepence, sixpence, and shilling—to be struck in the English Americas (the Spaniards had established a mint in Mexico City in 1535). Silver bullion was procured principally from the West Indies. The mint was located in Boston, and John Hull was appointed mintmaster; his assistant was Robert Sanderson (or Saunderson). At first, Hull received as compensation one shilling threepence for every 20 shillings coined. This fee was adjusted several times during his term as mintmaster.

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  Massachusetts Value Range Favorite
Massachusetts Value Range  
(1652) 3 Pence New England MS
-
 
(1652) 6 Pence New England MS
$480,000
-
$660,000
$480,000 - $660,000
(1652) Shilling New England MS
$72,000
-
$446,400
$72,000 - $446,400
1652 3 Pence Willow Tree MS
$660,000
-
$660,000
$660,000 - $660,000
1652 6 Pence Willow Tree MS
$37,200
-
$489,600
$37,200 - $489,600
1652 Shilling Willow Tree MS
$19,200
-
$204,000
$19,200 - $204,000
1662 2 Pence Oak Tree MS
$2,000
-
$60,000
$2,000 - $60,000
1652 3 Pence Oak Tree MS
$1,880
-
$48,000
$1,880 - $48,000

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1652 6 Pence Oak Tree MS
$1,250
-
$132,000
$1,250 - $132,000
1652 Shilling Oak Tree MS
$3,000
-
$150,000
$3,000 - $150,000
1652 Shilling Oak Tree, ANDO MS
-
 
1652 Shilling Oak Tree, Spiny Tree MS
-
 
1652 3 Pence Pine Tree MS
$1,380
-
$62,400
$1,380 - $62,400
1652 6 Pence Pine Tree MS
$2,810
-
$60,000
$2,810 - $60,000
1652 Shilling Pine Tree, Small Planchet MS
$1,380
-
$90,000
$1,380 - $90,000
1652 Shilling Pine Tree, Large Planchet MS
$3,250
-
$79,200
$3,250 - $79,200
1652 Shilling Pine Tree, Large Planchet, NE in Legend MS
$6,880
-
$36,000
$6,880 - $36,000
1787 1/2c Massachusetts MS BN
$455
-
$19,200
$455 - $19,200
1787 Cent Massachusetts, Right Arrows MS BN
$51,600
-
$288,000
$51,600 - $288,000
1787 Cent Massachusetts, Left Arrows MS BN
$345
-
$33,600
$345 - $33,600
1787 Cent Massachusetts, Left Arrows MS RB
$48,000
-
$72,000
$48,000 - $72,000
1787 Cent Massachusetts, Horn MS BN
$234.00
-
$26,400
$234.00 - $26,400
1788 1/2c Massachusetts MS BN
$390
-
$19,200
$390 - $19,200
1788 Cent Massachusetts MS BN
$156.00
-
$36,000
$156.00 - $36,000
1788 Cent Massachusetts, No Period MS BN
$228.00
-
$9,380
$228.00 - $9,380

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The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the Massachusetts series of Colonial & Post-Colonial Issues in the U.S. Coins contains 25 distinct entries with CPG® values between $156.00 and $660,000.00.
The earliest authorized medium of exchange in the New England settlements was wampum. The General Court of Massachusetts in 1637 ordered "that wampamege should passe at 6 a penny for any sume under 12 d." Wampum consisted of shells of various colors, ground to the size of kernels of corn. A hole was drilled through each piece so it could be strung on a leather thong for convenience and adornment. Corn, pelts, and bullets were frequently used in lieu of coins, which were rarely available. Silver and gold coins brought over from England, Holland, and other countries tended to flow back across the Atlantic to purchase needed supplies. The colonists, thus left to their own resources, traded with the friendly Native Americans in kind. In 1661 the law making wampum legal tender was repealed.

Agitation for a standard coinage reached its height in 1651. England, recovering from a civil war between the Puritans and Royalists, ignored the colonists, who took matters into their own hands in 1652.

The Massachusetts General Court in 1652 ordered the first metallic currency—the New England silver threepence, sixpence, and shilling—to be struck in the English Americas (the Spaniards had established a mint in Mexico City in 1535). Silver bullion was procured principally from the West Indies. The mint was located in Boston, and John Hull was appointed mintmaster; his assistant was Robert Sanderson (or Saunderson). At first, Hull received as compensation one shilling threepence for every 20 shillings coined. This fee was adjusted several times during his term as mintmaster.

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