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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Hull Mint

 
 
The Hull Mint Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
1. The Hull Mint Marker
Inscription.  Near this site stood first mint in the British colonies of North America. Prior to 1652, the Massachusetts financial system was based on bartering and foreign coinage. The scarcity of coin currency was a problem for the growth of the New England economy. On May 27, 1652, the Massachusetts General Court appointed John Hull, a local silversmith, to be Boston's mint master without notifying or seeking permission from the British government. The Hull Mint produced several denominations of silver coinage, including the famous silver pine tree schilling, for over 30 years until the political and economic situation made operating the mint no longer practical.
 
Erected by The Bostonian Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 42° 21.321′ N, 71° 3.631′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Washington Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Washington Street, Boston MA 02118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Macy's (The Former Hull Mint Land) image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
2. Macy's (The Former Hull Mint Land)
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jordan Marsh (within shouting distance of this marker); Park Street Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lafayette Mall (about 600 feet away); Boston Common (about 600 feet away); Power System of Boston’s Rapid Transit (about 700 feet away); James Otis (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Boston Common (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Boston Common (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .  Regarding John Hull. (Submitted on June 21, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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