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Shilling

Maker:
John Hull (1624–1683)
Maker:
Robert Sanderson Sr. (ca. 1608–1693)
Date:
ca. 1667–ca. 1682
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
1 3/16 in., 4.67 Grams (3 cm, 3.003 dwt)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.378
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
In 1652 John Hull and Robert Sanderson were appointed mint masters for the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Established in response to a chronic shortage of hard currency and the need for a reliable and efficient medium of exchange, the mint was operated by Hull and Sanderson for thirty years. During that period, it produced coins of various denominations and designs, ranging from a simple NE (for "New England") to a willow, oak, or pine tree encircled by beading; virtually all examples, however, were dated 1652.
Inscription: stamped on obverse: [pine tree]; stamped on obverse in margin: MASATHVSETS[pellet] IN [three pellets over two pellets]
stamped on reverse: 1652 / XII; stamped on reverse in margin: NEWENGLAND : AN : DOM [eight pellets arranged in circular pattern around central pellet]
Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, NY; bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933.
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