Pine Tree Shilling (large)

British Colonial Issue
dated 1652; struck 1667–74
Designed and engraved by John Hull (American (born in England), 1624–1683), and Robert Sanderson, Sr. (American (born in England), 1608–1693)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Noe 1; Crosby 12-I; Breen 37


Diameter and weight: 28-28.8 mm, 4.6 gm (1 1/8 in., 0.16 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)





This is a large planchet Pine Tree Shilling, made on a rocker press like the Willow and Oak Tree precursers. It is the variety with the bullet before and the rosette after the IN in the obverse inscription, which also has four long “roots” angled to the right beneath the tree. This example is a late striking because it exhibits advanced die-breaks horizontally across the reverse die, especially between the 1 and 6 of the date and extending from the 2 through the N of AN in the inscription.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Samuel Abbott Green