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: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Noe 19; Crosby 20-L; Breen 54


Diameter and weight: 24 mm, 4.7 gm (15/16 in., 0.17 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)





This small planchet Pine Tree Shilling is #19 in Noe’s sequence. The characteristics of this variety are the faint “roots” angled to the left beneath the tree, the fact that the tree points slightly to the right of the V in the inscription, and the small S’s in MASATHVSETS, where the first one is much fatter at the bottom. The reverse shows advanced wear and breaking of the die, especially through the center of the denomination and at the bottom around the inscription. An earlier state of this reverse die can be seen on Noe #16 (01.4957).


Collection of Anna P. Jones (1807/8-1862/3?), Boston; to Rebecca S. Salisbury (1826/27-December 30, 1891), Boston, by bequest; to MFA, January 1892, bequest.

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Rebecca Salisbury