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Object Name: Pine tree shilling
Date: 1652
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall (diameter): 7/8 in. (22.4mm)
Place made: North America, United States, Boston
Description: Pine tree shilling. Obverse: a pine tree. Reverse: date above denomination in Roman numerals.
Object Number: INV.12808f
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Marks: Struck on obverse: "MASATHVSETS. IN"; struck on reverse: "[NE] WENGLAND / AN / DOM; 1652 / XII"

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Small size Pine tree shillings like this one were widely used throughout the colonies. Although prohibited by the English king in 1683, they were still in circulationin New York City twenty five years later.