characteristic of a sovereign nation is the right to issue its own coins. America began exercising that right in 1792
by issuing Pattern Coins, in 1793 by issuing copper coins, in 1794 by issuing silver coins, and in 1795 by issuing gold coins. Prior to 1792, everyday business was conducted using a motley accumulation of tokens, coins,
medals and counterfeits issued by private individuals, private mints inside and outside of America, and official mints outside of America. These are known as Colonial Coins.
are lists of the major
Colonial types. On the left, is an alphabetical list of
Colonial types. On the right, the same Colonial types are listed by the
date(s) in which they appeared.
Click on any of the links to learn more information about each type. For instance, if you have a Vermont Copper, simply click on that link to learn more about it.