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Pair of Pine Tree Shillings

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.




John Hull
American, born England, 1624–1683
Robert Sanderson
American, 1608–1693

About this artwork

In 1652 the General Court of Massachusetts called upon John Hull and Robert Sanderson to establish the first local mint in the state. To prevent counterfeiting of the new currency, a design of a pine tree within a double-bead ring, enclosing the words IN MASATHVSETS on one side and NEW ENGLAND AN DOM on the other, was stamped on the coins. Although the coins were produced every year until 1682, all were stamped with the date of the founding of the mint: 1652.


On View, Gallery 165


Arts of the Americas


John Hull


Pair of Pine Tree Shillings


Boston (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1663–1682




Inscribed on obverse: IN MASATHVSETTS Inscribed on reverse: NEW ENGLAND.AN DOM Inscribed in center: 1652/ XII


Each diam: H.: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan

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