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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 die-cutters, Abel Buel & James Atlee who had a mint in New Haven, Ct., the permission to strike these coins.  The obverse has “Auctori
Connec” (by the Authority of Conn.), & the reverse has a seated Goddess of Liberty & the legend “Inde Et Lib” (Independence & Liberty).


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 & a meridian sun above it with the word “Fugio”
which is Latin for “Time flies” & “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 with a ring with the words “We Are One”.  In 1858, restrikes were made in various metals, copper, silver, brass, & gold (which was extremely rare).


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HIGLEY 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 Ct. resident & a graduate of Yale University, took matters into his own hands because of the coinage shortage in his state.  He engraved his own dies & used copper from mine he owned located near Granby, Ct. There are two reverse types, one featuring a trio of small hammers, the other a broad-bladed cleaver.  Issued in 1737, they had a value of 3-pence.  CT-2


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Because people were skeptical of their copper content Higley added, “I AM GOOD COPPER”.  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 basis of weight.
An Exact Replica CT-1


CT Higley 2 CT Higley back


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