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CONNECTICUT CENT
The state of Connecticut struck more varieties of coins in the period from the Revolution to the establishment of a Federal currency, than any other state. Their coins represent numerous variations of three basic issues. In 1785, the state gave the chief diecutters, Abel Buel and James Atlee who had a mint in New Haven, permission to strike these coins. The obverse has Auctori Connec (by the Authority of Connecticut), and the reverse has a seated Goddess of Liberty with the legend Inde Et Lib (Independence & Liberty). CT-4

$2.10

CT Cent CT cent back

FUGIO CENT        
Fugio cents were the first officially sanctioned U.S. federal coinage in 1787. On one side a dial with the hours expressed on the face of it and a meridian sun above it with the word Fugio, which is Latin for “I flee,” implying “time flies” and “Mind Your Business” which was often attributed to Benjamin Franklin saying for the British to stay away. On the reverse there are 13 circles linked together representing the 13 states and a ring with the words “We Are One”. In 1858, restrikes were made in various metals: copper, silver, brass, and gold (which are extremely rare). CT-3

$2.20

CT Fugio CT Fugio

HIGLEY BROAD AXE 1737                           
The Higley or Granby tokens were the first privately produced tokens struck on American soil that actually reached circulation. All are extremely rare. Dr. Samuel Higley, a Connecticut resident and a graduate of Yale University, took matters into his own hands because of the coinage shortage in his state. He engraved his own dies and used copper from a mine he owned located near Granby. There are two reverse types, the other one is a trio of small crowned hammers (CT-1). They were both the value of 3 pence. The obverse has a deer on it with VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE with the Roman numeral III. The reverse has a broad axe with CUT MY WAY THROUGH. CT-2

$2.10

CT Higley Higley back

HIGLEY 1737 THREE HAMMERS
The Higley or Granby tokens were the first privately produced tokens struck on American soil that actually reached circulation. All are extremely rare. Dr. Samuel Higley, a Connecticut resident and a graduate of Yale University, took matters into his own hands because of the coinage shortage in his state. He engraved his own dies and used copper from a mine he owned located near Granby. There are 2 reverse types, the other is a broad-bladed cleaver (CT-2). Because people were skeptical of their copper content, Higley added the legend, “I AM GOOD COPPER” to the reverse surrounding 3 crowned hammers and the year 1737. When that failed to silence the critics who persisted that the face value was too high, the value was changed to “VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE.” Even so, the Roman numeral III remained, which placed them in the category of bartering pieces which could be exchanged on the basis of weight. CT-1 an exact copy

$2.20

CT Higley 2 CT Higley back

 

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