1652 Pine Tree Shilling. Large Planchet. Noe-11, Salmon 9-F, W-760. Rarity-4. No H in MASATVSETS. VF Details--Holed (PCGS).66.35 grains. A charming example that has been neatly holed at 6 oclock on the inner obverse circle. The date 1652 is also carved in crude digits roughly over the denomination on the reverse, compensating for the preexisting weakness at center. NEW ENGLAND is fully discernible, though minor softness is noted at the upper and lower right borders. The tree is remarkably sharp on the obverse, with MASATVSETS missing just the final S due to strike. Nicely centered overall, the alignment is shifted just slightly to the south on each side. Richly original, painted in a marbling of slate-grey and dark chocolate shades. <p><p><p><p>This piece offers a noteworthy provenance back to L.R. Davis Mckinney, Jr., a Dallas, TX dealer who held several significant auctions in the 1950s and 1960s. He was most known as a specialist in Colonial issues and Early American copper, and the January 2016 sale of his estate featured several significant rarities including a 1795 S-79 Reeded Edge cent, of which just 10 are known. <p>Ex L.R. Davis McKinney, Jr. (House of Davis McKinney); Mckinney Estate; Heritages sale of January 2016, lot 3536.