For years I have been interested in the Massachusetts willow, oak and pine tree coins. áAlas, their cost has prevented me from wading into collecting and studying them. Finally, as a result of a coin trade, I purchased my first Massachusetts tree coin, a threepence pine tree. áIt was also affordable.
My typical approach to coins is to collect and learn about them simultaneously. áAnd so, I purchased at a reduced cost ($60) a new copy of Christopher J. Salmon's The Silver Coins of Massachusetts, published by the American Numismatic Society in 2010.
This is a sumptuous book, loaded with great photographs and detailed explanations of the coins' background as well as many varieties. áI don't know whether I will purchase additional examples from the series, but I will continue to enjoy these 17th century coins through this book. áIt is a work that is highly recommended whether you want to enhance your collecting knowledge or simply vicariously enjoy a unique and historic currency.