One (1) 1/2 cent coin
Obverse Image: Standing Native American male holding a bow and arrow.
Obverse Text: COMMON WEALTH
Reverse Image: Eagle with shield over chest. Branch in right claw, arrows in left.
Reverse Text: MASSACHUSETTS / HALF CENT / 1787
In the earliest years of the United States, it was common practice for each state to issue its own coins. In 1787 and 1788, Massachusetts issued copper half-cents featuring a Native American man on the obverse, and a heraldic eagle on the reverse. These coins were among the first US coins to bear the word “cent,” a denomination defined as one one-hundredth of a Spanish dollar.
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