All Colonial and pre-Federal copper coinage issued within the boundaries of what would become the United States is rather scarce in high grade, with good luster and superb planchet surfaces. This Massachusetts half cent has beautiful, smooth copper surfaces largely devoid of roughness. Additionally, the red-brown patina boasts of ample traces of red surrounding many of the design elements; just the way a mellowed red copper coin should look after more than two centuries.
The Massachusetts cent and half cent were authorized by an Act passed by the Massachusetts General Court on October 17, 1786 and the coinage was struck with dates of 1787 and 1788 before the mint was abandoned in 1789 following the ratification of the Constitution. These copper pieces were the first coins to feature the word “cents” on them and this appears boldly in exergue within the top of the shield across the eagle’s breast on the reverse. This is truly a superb piece of Americana.
PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-