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My Massachusetts Silver Denominational Set Is Now Complete

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My main focus was on the auction at this Baltimore show, but I did spend a lot of time on the bourse. There were a few wonderful coins there, but they were not to be this time.


The one big piece I did buy on the bourse was the Masschusetts Pine Tree 3 pence. These tiny coins are scarce but they sell for prices that are similar to the much more common shillings because the collector demand for them is much less. This piece is a Noe 36. It is also listed as W-640 in David Bowers' wonderful book on U.S. colonial coins. The Universal Rarity Scale (URS) rating is 9 which translates to an estimated population of 125 to 249 pieces. My guess is the population is in the lower range of that increment with less than 200 pieces known.




Now I have an Oak Tree 2 pence, a Pine Tree 3 Pence, a Pine Tree 6 pence and three shillings (Oak Tree, Large Pine Tree and Small Pine Tree). I doubt that this collection will grow because I don't collect varieties and the Oak Tree 3 and 6 pence pieces are very, very scarce and often in low grades. As for the NE and Willow Tree coins, I'll leave those to the museums and the specialists.

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