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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 3, January 16, 2017, Article 11

THE RESIGNATION OF THE OLD COPPERS

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. -Editor

OldCopperGII Saturday, December 1, 1787
Massachusetts Centinel (Boston, Massachusetts)
(Courtesy GenealogyBank.com)

The RESIGNATION of the old Coppers.

T​ired 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.

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*​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.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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