Julia Purdy writes:
I found this entertaining little article from a 1787 Boston newspaper when doing some related research into the circulation of contemporary counterfeit coppers coins in colonial and early America.
It is promoting the new Massachusetts cent but what I found particularly interesting is the acknowledged preference of the George II Copper (halfpenny) well into the 1780s! I thought that was pretty neat and not something I'd even considered before.
Many thanks to Julia who not only provided the article image but also a transcription.
Saturday, December 1, 1787
Massachusetts Centinel (Boston, Massachusetts)
The RESIGNATION of the old Coppers.
Tired with the cares of empire, and fighting
for solitude, I have long waited for a succes-
sour, in whom confidence might be placed.- The
pretensions of my transatlantick rivals were not
good - The Sous of France could not combat pre-
judice - the Harps of Hibernia were depreciated -
Gulielmus was defaced, Georgius Tertius, and the
offspring of the house of Birmingham were declared to be light and base - Equally unavailing too
have been the attempts of my American competitors - the Nova-Caesarea, the Voce Populi, the Auctori Connect. And the Vermontese* have arisen, lived a few days, and then expired - At length a lawful, worthy and honourable successour has arisen into
life - With the appearance of rectitude, ample
weight, and federal features, in recommondation, I
readily yield my reign to Massasoit+ - convinced
that the world will be benefited by exchanging for
a Federal Cent,
A GEORGE II, Copper.
*The legends on several American copper coins.
+The supposed on name of the Indian struck on our
Cents, from whom it is said this State tooks its name.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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