By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 10, 2021) – In Issue 2021-111 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, a look at making “funny money” – literally minting money.

Illegal Mint

Illegal currency.  Yes, in America.   The Massachusetts Bay colony found that they didn’t have enough currency to support their growing colony.  Their ATM was empty so to speak. 

The solution was simple.  The colony’s leadership decided to mint their own currency in 1652 on this day.

Two Boston silversmiths, Messrs. Hull and Sonderson, started turning out coins a few months later.  The British Crown was less than happy when the news finally reached London.  No government in power likes competing or home-made currencies… I guess Bitcoin and the like are somehow immune from this.   

Here is a map of Boston from 1851 by John Tallis, an English cartographer and publisher.

Map of Boston from 1851 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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