Pine Tree Shilling (small)

British Colonial Issue
dated 1652; struck 1675–82
Designed and engraved by John Hull (American (born in England), 1624–1683), and Robert Sanderson, Sr. (American (born in England), 1608–1693)

Object Place: Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Noe 16; Crosby 21-L; Breen 53


Diameter and weight: 25.6-26 mm, 4.3 gm (1 in., 0.15 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)





This small planchet Pine Tree Shilling is #16 in Noe’s sequence. The characteristics are the short, downward “roots” beneath the tree, the fact that the tree points to the left of the S in the inscription, and the short, thick I in the IN. The reverse die is characterized by the very wide W, the flattening of the beaded ring around the date and the fact that the AN D of AN DON falls immediately below the denomination. This reverse die lasted for a long time and can be seen again–in an advanced state of decay on Noe #19 (92.1533).

Credit Line

Augustine Shurtleff Collection of Coins