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US Rosa Americana Coinage  1722 to 1724
US Rosa Americana Coinage 1722 to 1724

That's King George I of England on the front of this coin, and Rosa Americana, Utile Dulci (American rose, useful and pleasant) on the back.

These are coins that were issued as early coinage to be used in the American colonies, but the colonists did not like them and refused to use them. Today they are sought as collectibles and come under the broad heading of 'US Colonial Coins' which are usually quite expensive when in decent condition.

The Rosa coinage was issued in three denominations: half penny, penny, and twopence. A crowned rose appears on some of the designs. There is a good page about these coins over at CoinAuctionsHelp.com.

It is not always easy to tell precisely what type of rosa coin you have. If you like, start and e-mail exchange with CoinQuest and we may be able to help if you can send pictures. Typical catalog values run like this:

HALF PENNY (22 mm diameter)
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $400
well preserved: $1000
half pennies with VTILE DVLCI instead of UTILE DULCI catalog at $4000 in average circulated condition
half pennies dated 1723 with a plain rose (not a crowned rose) catalog at $3500 in average circulated

PENNY (26 mm diameter)
worn: $150 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $500
well preserved: $900
pennies dated 1722 with GEORGIVS instead of GEORGIUS catalog at $12000 in average circulated

TWOPENCE (33 mm diameter)
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $600
well preserved: $1200

Coin: 13145 , Genre: United States
Requested by: mr watts, Fri, 30-Nov-2012 14:05:24 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 02-Nov-2013 01:55:00 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Sun, 16-Nov-2014 14:59:33 GMT
Requester description: 1723 georgius dei gratia rex male head facing right on reverse rosa americana 1723 utile dulci
Tags: us usa rosa americana america amero americas american ameria ameri amirica oamerica amerique amer americans georgius george dei gratia rex male man head utile dulci geroge stgeorge glorgivs georgvs georgeivs georgious giorgi geroges geogius georg geogivs georgian geor gearge georgivis georgium georger georgia georgvis goerg georgevs georgivs grattia rexm rexind rexx rexetind boy mann boys mans rose crown flower flowerettes rosettes rossette roses rosette crowned tiara crwon crpwn crowns tiarra crowning tiera florets blossom fler fleurs lises leis lisse flur folwers stems trefoils floral lily orchid posy bouquet flowers fllower flour bud lilly fleur bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals

  

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