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Latin Legends on Colonial Coins

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Well, I do read the "Red Book" and have found myself interested in learning about much of that that comes before "Half-Cents". For many entries the Latin Legends are not translated. In any case I've undertaken putting this together for myself and thought I might share what I've done so far. I am curious if there has been published a comprehensive list of translations?

Latin Legends

Auctori. Connec

(By the Authority of Connecticut)

1785 Connecticut Copper

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Auctori. Plebis

(By the Authority of the People)

1787 Auctori Plebis Token

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E Pluribus Unum

(Out of Many, One)

1787 Excelsior Copper

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Immune/Immunis Columbia

(America free from tribute [tax])

1785 Immune Columbia Copper

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1787 Immunis Columbia Copper

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Inde Et Lib

(Independence and Liberty)

1788 Vermont Copper

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Inimica Tyrannis America

(America Opposed to Tyranny)

1785 Confederatio Copper

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Libertas Justitia

(Liberty Justice)

1783 Nova Constellatio Copper

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Libertas Et Justitia

(Liberty and Justice)

1785 Nova Constellatio Copper

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Nova Caesarea

(New Jersey)

1787 New Jersey Copper

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Nova Eboraca Columbia Excelsior

(New York and America: Ever upward)

1787 Brasher Doubloon

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Rosa Americana Utile Dulci

(American Rose - Useful and Pleasant)

1723 Rosa Americana Twopence

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Voce Populi

(Voice of the People)

1760 Voce Populi

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Image Credits:

Auctori Connec - http://www.coins.nd.edu/ColCoin/ColCoinText/CT-Copper85.html

Auctori Plebis - http://www.pcgscoinfacts.com/Coin/Detail/601

E Pluribus Unum - http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/5280619

Immune Columbia - http://www.pcgscoinfacts.com/Coin/Detail/829

Immunis Columbia - hhttp://www.stacksbowers.com/archivedetail.aspx?productid=1359659

Inde Et Lib - http://stacksbowers.com/Auctions/AuctionLot.aspx?LotID=306041

Inimica Tyrannis Americana - http://www.stacksbowers.com/archivedetail.aspx?productid=1361047

Libertas Justitia - https://whitman.com/redbook/Coins/Detail/Post-Colonial-Issues+Speculative-Issues-Tokens-And-Patterns+Nova-Constellatio-Coppers

Libertas et Justitia - http://coins.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=1177&lotNo=3052

Nova Caesarea - http://images.goldbergauctions.com/php/lot_auc.php?site=1&sale=75&lot=37〈=1

Nova Eboraca Columbia Excelsior - http://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_835233

Rosa Americana - http://coins.ha.com/itm/colonials/1723-2pence-rosa-americana-twopence-ms62-brown-pcgs-m-41-e1-w-1346-r4/a/1181-3772.s?x=0&y=0

Voce Populi - http://www.goldbergcoins.com/view-auctions/catalog/id/4/lot/17468/from/find-lots/

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Interesting ...


I was not aware that "caesarea" in "Nova Caesarea" stood for "Jersey." I thought that it might have met "under a new government" or authority.


I am glad you cleared that up for me.

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