Bill Jones' Colonial Type Set
1723 WITH CROWN ROSA AMERICANA 1/2P

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: EARLY AMERICAN - PRE-DECLARATION 1616-1775
Item Description: 1/2P 1723 WITH CROWN ROSA AMERICANA
Full Grade: NGC AU 58 BN
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: Bill Jones' Colonial Type Set   Score: 3326
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

William Wood's coinage for the British-American colonies was not a big hit with Americans. It was made of 75% copper, 24.7% zinc and .3% silver. The resulting base matal coins were unpleasnat to the touch and underweight relative to their British counterparts.



The scuttle butt was that Wood had to pay a bribe to King George I's mistress who got her hands on documents that authorized the coinage. After paying the bribe, Wood, eonomized on the coins to make the venture profitable. That combined with the fact that "the king's whore" had been involved in the enterprise made the coins most unpopular with the public.

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