NEWMAN PORTAL SEARCH: JAMES II PLANTATION TOKEN
The E-Sylum (10/15/2017)
From Stackâs January 2008 Americana sale
An anonymous user entered the term âJames II Plantation Tokenâ into Newman Portal this week. These pewter coins were struck in England in 1688 and intended to circulate in the American colonies, at a value of 1/24 Real, alongside Spanish coinage which was more readily accepted. The reverse design is evocative of the (Spanish) Pillar dollar. The Plantation pieces are among the more collectible early colonial coins â a nice example in Stackâs Americana sale (January 2008, lot 5578) sold for $2,300.
Eric Newman wrote to John Ford, Jr. in January 1955 âI am working up the information on the plantation token which I now can date 1688..so far I have found three reverse dies and two obverse dies.â Subsequent letters in the same file show that Newman relied on Leonard Forrer in England for research assistance, studied pieces in the ANS collection, and acquired a Plantation token restrike from Ford.
Newman similarly wrote to B. Max Mehl in February 1955 âI have been doing a great deal of historical research latelyâ¦and have found the authority for the James II Plantation token which will be published in The Numismatist soon.â Newmanâs article, âFirst Documentary Evidence of the American Colonial Pewter 1/24th Realâ appeared in the July 1955 Numismatist. The research demonstrated the coins were likely struck at the Royal Mint under a private commission in 1688. Newman detailed the known varieties (six obverse and six reverses), and credited Forrer for his assistance.
Link to John Ford, Jr. 1955 correspondence:
Link to B. Max Mehl 1955 correspondence:
Link to Stackâs January 2008 Americana sale: