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Historic American Coins: Massachusetts Cent - 1788

Obverse: A clothed Indian, standing, facing left, in his right hand a bow, in his left an arrow. Legend: "COMMON-WEALTH."

Rare early coins of the U.S. mint

Reverse: A spread eagle, a broad shield upon his breast, six pales gules (upright), a chief azure (open or plain). Upon the chief, or upper part of the shield, the word "CENT," in bold Roman lettering. In exergue, beneath a heavy horizontal bar, the date 1787. Borders, milled; edge, plain; size, 16 1/2 to 19; weight, 146 to 165 grains.