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23 Feb 2021

The Boston Massacre

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Well I hope you all are doing fine. Soon we will be back at shows! The Boston Massacre. March 5,1770.. Manny think that the war between the colonists and Britain started at Concord and Lexinton.. That happened April,19 1775. Some will argue the fact that this one act was the true start of the war for our Independence. I was looking at some bullion. Yes it's ok to buy bullion. I came across this famous drawing.

It was done by Paul Reverer! And it took of like a wilddire. Britain has just passed the Townshand act. This was passed by King George the 111. to exert authority over the colonies. A group had gathered on King street. With that came the British soulders. They were led by Capitan Preston.. They were here to keep peace. Not to slaughter the crowd. What happened next changed the whole spirit of the occupation over all the colonies. The crowd started throwing snow balls at the small group of soldier's. Some said rocks. One of the soldiers fired and others chimed right in killing six.

Peace was finely restored. This incident happened by a elm tree. So named the Liberty tree.. Signs were put on the Tree "I need the blood of the the British to keep growing . Soldiers were hung in effigy on the brances. Paul Reverse made sure his drawing made all the papers and soon it became the sound of liberty through out the colonies. The soldiers were taken into custody. But who would defend them in an American court. Would you believe a poor patriot lawyer. And future President John Addams. He believed everyone was entitled to a fair defence. The trial went on . Then the jury ruled. Capitan Preston and six others of the 29 regiment were found not guilty. Two others were found guilty of manslaughter.. There sentence was to be branded on there thumbs with an 'M" .

Now the coin caught my eye. Simply because I saw it in a history book in school. There are hundreds of these pictures and everyone almost identical.. The obverse shows the incedent. The reverse shows The tree of Liberty with an eagle on top and colonists gathered around it. It came it a glass case and weighs two ounces.. If you read the C.O..A. There was only 999 made. I liked it . It depicts a very important part of our history. There are to be nine more in this seris. . I have to see what they look like . So do you think a snowball led to our fight for independence? I believe this was the first mass killing of the colonist. I say it helped a great deal. The 13 colony were beside themselves . I think the attitude got to all . And it was the start. If anyone knows do they still teach our history in school ? This tree became a rallying point for speeches and anything anti British.



In August of 1775 the British cut down the Tree of Liberty. They didn't like the colonists talking giving speeches. The actually saw this tree as a threat. Disney Land has recreated the scene of The Tree of Liberty. We buy what we like. This was important to me. I remember it from my schools and started me on my learning of history.



There was a movie made about this. . What i did not mention was John Addams had to put up with loss of friends. Nasty things written on his door. They had lost the respect he had earned. But he got it back. That victory showed the people.he was a good Barrister. If he could get most of The soldiers of and convince a jury of colonists he had to be good. I believe this win brought him all the way to the White House!!



Comments

Eriknation

Level 4

This is cool

coinsbygary

Level 5

This is a fascinating piece! Somehow you manage to find some of the most unusual numismatic items and bring them to life in your blogs!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Very cool!! I agree with you Mike, The Boston Massacre was the start of the war. I was able to visit the spot in Boston, and it was an amazing experience. Our great nation had a truly great, marvelous, and unique upbringing. Like Stumpy said, the coin is just the icing on top of the history! But ive never seen icing so beautiful... Ill be in touch! -NM

Long Beard

Level 5

What a coincidental topic. I just finished watching The Son of Liberty series on this very subject.

I'm not a lover of colorized coins, but this one actually looks good.

Mike

Level 7

It's the only coin that is colored in my collection!. But it's an eye catcher!

"SUN"

Level 5

Really like the history. Thanks

Kepi

Level 6

Beautiful display. Great story behind these coins! Thanks Mike for a good history lesson! ; )

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Ummm, what is the Jumul sovereign nation?

Mike

Level 7

Bama. Look at the red and white front of the C.O.A. It tells you who there are!!

Mike

Level 7

It's an Indian Tribe that makes bullion coins that are not legal tender.!!

CopperCollector

Level 4

Wow cool coin

Golfer

Level 5

Awesome display piece! 999 mintage. Thanks for the history lesson.

Longstrider

Level 6

@Mokie Well said about Kent State..

Longstrider

Level 6

I remember seen these type of pictures myself. I had some type of encyclopedias that had a ton of those photos. Very unique. Never like them but they sure stuck in my mind which was the idea. I appreciate the review of the non-battle. Remember history is written by the victors. Gun shots become rocks become snowballs. Thanks.

Mike

Level 7

ENLARGE the newspaper you will see Paul Revere signature!!

user_Bill1713

Level 3

Great bit of history. Thanks.

CoinHunter

Level 5

Nice story! Sounds like a beautiful tree!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for the history lesson,

Mike

Level 7

Don't thank me. The coin gives the history lession. They all do. Every coin has a story. . We just have to find it!

slybluenote

Level 5

It's refreshing to read about such a historical coin and event. Great blog and a very nice looking coin buddy. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

Mokie

Level 6

The story of the Boston Massacre reminds me a little of the Kent State Massacre. Thanks for a great history lesson and the knowledge that history does repeat itself although not necessarily the same ultimate outcome each time.

Mike

Level 7

Yes Kent State comes to mind. Four dead in Ohio. Got to get down with it soldiers are shooting us down. I remember!

Mr. B Coins

Level 4

Mike, You have done another good job of bringing history to life. Thanks for sharing your coins and knowledge. Mr. B

Stumpy

Level 5

Excellent story, one we should all learn, the coin is just icing on the cake. Very nice blog, later!

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