RARE SILVER SILLING COIN CONTINUED: “THE STAR OF THE COLLECTION”
James Morton, the auctioneer’s coin specialist, said the New England coin is the “star of the collection.”
“I could hardly believe my eyes when I realized this was a prime example of a New England shilling, minted by John Hull in 1652 in Boston for use as currency by the early settlers. from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, ”he said in a statement.
In 1652, the Massachusetts General Court appointed Hull and his assistant, Robert Sanderson, as Boston mintmaster, responsible for the production of the first silver coin in North America.
But the currency was considered a betrayal by King Charles II and was closed in 1682, the statement said.
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