When America declared its independence in 1776, tokens, patterns, and state copper coins were struck by private enterprises with some sanctioning by individual states.
According to Q. David Bowers in his book, Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins
“In the 1780’s, following the Revolutionary War, copper coins were produced in large quantities under contracts by Vermont, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Massachusetts operated its own mint to strike coppers. Fugio coppers, struck under the authority of Congress, made their appearance in 1787. Taken together, these diverse coinages and others…are often referred to as “colonials” by numismatics today.”
“When the colonial era ended, exactly, can be debated. The Declaration of Independence, dated July 4, 1776, proclaimed that the colonies were henceforth independent. Therefore, they were no longer colonies. The battle of Yorktown, 1781, marked the end of the war. The Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783 resulted in the recognition of the independence of the United States of America by all countries, including Britain.”
Coin Replicas features more than a dozen post colonial coins, tokens, and patterns, such as: