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Colonial Coins

Some of the oldest U.S. coins are actually older than the United States! While the U.S. Mint didn't start producing coins until the early 1790s, the oldest coins considered colonial could be from as early as the 1600s.

The United States of America emerged in 1776 and many of us think of that as the beginning of our nation today. However, occupation of the New England region began quite some time before that. Many colonial coins used British units, but the French were present for a while and they produced coins as well.

Due to the segmented nature of things during the time colonial coins were being struck, there is a wide variety of denominations and designs. Some individual colonies such as Virginia and Maryland were striking their own coins before 1776. A larger number of states produced their own coins after 1776. Colonial coins are some of the best examples of coins with a story to tell. Not only are they rare and valuable, but no one knows which of these coins may have been used by notable figures of the time. There's no way to tell for sure, and it doesn't influence value, but it's certainly one of the most fascinating qualities that colonial coins have to offer.

Colonials are a great choice among U.S. coins. Every collector should have at least 1 colonial coin in their collection, check MCM often to see which ones are in our inventory.

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