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Massachusetts Copper

American Confederation Period
1787
Designed and engraved by Joseph Callender (American, 1751–1821), and Jacob Perkins (1766–1849), Struck by Joshua Wetherle


Mint: Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Breen 966

Dimensions

Diameter and weight: 24 mm, 5.17 gm (15/16 in., 0.18 oz.)

Accession Number

2004.1153

Medium or Technique

Copper

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Coins

Obv: COMMON / WEALTH around the Indian and star of the Massachusetts Seal (the feather tip of the arrow is below the W), the whole surrounded by a faintly serrated rim
Rev: MASSACHUSETTS · in thick letters around the eagle and shield from the Great Seal with HALF / CENT on the shield and dated 1787 (wide date) in the exergue, the whole surrounded by a faintly serrated rim
Edge: plain

Provenance

Collected by Sidney A. Wien (1902-1962), Atlanta, Georgia, between the mid-1940's and 1962; by descent to his daughter, Claire W. Morse, in 1962; to the MFA in November 2004, gift of Claire W. and Richard P. Morse.

Credit Line

The Sidney A. and Ellen M. Wien Collection—Given in their memory by Claire W. and Richard P. Morse