On October 17, 1786, the Massachusetts General Court passed an act to establish a state-run mint to produce coins for circulation.
The council established that the design of copper coins would incorporate the figure of an Indian with a bow and arrow, a star on one side, and the word “Commonwealth”. The reverse was to have a spread eagle with the words Massachusetts 1787 and the dominations CENT and HALF CENT.
The Massachusetts 1787 and 1788 cents and half cents were the first coins bearing the denomination cent and half-cent as established by Congress.
Cent – 28 mm
Half-cent – 24 mm
Copper-plated, made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert.