||1652 SHILNG Oak Tree Shilling MS64 NGC. Noe-1, W-430, Salmon 1-A, R.3. 71.4 grains. The Willow Tree design, used from approximately 1653 to 1660, gave way to the more simply styled Oak Tree design, minted from circa 1660 to 1667. The mighty oak tree is shown without leaves, possibly because the design was less complex for the engraver. Fewer doubling and related striking issues occurred with the new series. On this spectacular near-Gem example from the first issue of Oak Tree coinage, the legends on both sides begin at approximately 11 o'clock and the 2 in the date appears opposite the first N in ENGLAND, a diagnostic for this variety. Additional characteristics include the style of the obverse, with an elongated oval configuration at the center. As stated by Salmon, the reverse exhibits a "Superb large inscription, date, and denomination, which match the obverse inscription in quality and form, indicating a common engraver." Like many examples that have seen little or no circulation, this coin exhibits a center dot and guide line from the placement of the engraver's compass. This outstanding piece boasts nicely centered designs and sharp definition overall, with a few portions of the legends lacking full detail. Subtle shades of gold, sky blue, orange-peach, sea-green, and lavender, appear on the surfaces, enhancing this shilling's tremendous visual appeal. The reverse of this exceptional piece reveals a small dig to the left of the D in ENGLAND, serving as a pedigree marker. This historic piece of Massachusetts silver coinage will be a great addition to a fortunate collector's cabinet. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $82,250.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.