United States colonial-era coins, from the early Massachusetts silver pieces of 1652 to private and regional issues produced in the early 19th century, have been added to the PCGS Price Guide, the Internet’s most comprehensive reference for values of coins certified by Professional Coin Grading Service. The new Colonial section is now part of the free online guide that contains over 220,000 up-to-date prices for United States coins.

“The early American Colonial issues are fantastic coins, some of the most historically important coins ever struck,” said David Hall, Co-Founder of PCGS and President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

“Until now, there really hasn’t been a place to get up-to-date, accurate prices for Colonial coins. This was a huge hole in the numismatic marketplace and we’re glad we could do the work and provide this important pricing information to the numismatic community. And, as with all areas of the PCGS Price Guide, Colonial prices will be constantly updated.”

PCGS President Don Willis stated: “A lot of work has gone into the creation of the Colonial section.  PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth devoted a lot of time to this, and we had a good deal of help from colonials expert extraordinaire John Agre.”

Most of the colonial-era coins were privately produced.

“In1652, Boston minters John Hull and Robert Saunderson began making the first silver coins ever struck on American soil,” Guth explained.

“Their first designs were simple: one side was punched with a small ‘NE’ for New England, and the other side was punched with the denomination in Roman numerals, such as ‘Xll’ for the Shilling.  The historic era of U.S. colonial coins was launched with those simple but important and now quite valuable coins.”

The Colonials section of the PCGS Price Guide conveniently lists the average retail prices for these categories.

Massachusetts Silver Coins (1652-1662)

Pre-1776 States Coinage (1652-1774)

Pre-1776 Private and Regional Issues (1616-1766)

French Colonies (1670-1767)

Post-1776 States Coinage (1776-1788)

Post-1776 Private and Regional Issues (1778-1820)

Proposed National Issues (1776-1787)

Washington Pieces (1783-1800)

Fugio Cents (1787)

The PCGS Price Guide is an excellent companion to the PCGS CoinFacts™ database (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive, one-stop source for information and images of colonial, regular issue, proof and pattern U.S. coins.  PCGS is offering a limited-time savings of over 35 percent on annual subscriptions to PCGS CoinFacts.

“From now through January 31, 2013, the regular annual subscription price of $139.86 is reduced to only $99, a savings of over $40 a year.  That’s the equivalent of $8.25 a month and a savings of over 35 percent the usual monthly subscription rate of $12.95,” said Guth.

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service experts have certified over 25 million coins with a total market value of over $27 billion.  PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification.

For additional information about PCGS and its services including the PCGS Price Guide and PCGS CoinFacts, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.


  1. i have a 1785 bar cent and a 1944 d steel penny that i am going to send to be graded.they have authenicate by a dealer. thanks kenneth


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