Coin Specifications

Category: Early American – Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Unknown
Catalog: KM-A5
Composition: Brass
Weight: 5.8600g
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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c.1616 SMALL SAIL SOMMER ISLANDS 1S MS obverse c.1616 SMALL SAIL SOMMER ISLANDS 1S MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The shilling is the most commonly encountered of the four Sommer Islands denominations. Two varieties are known, distinguished by the size of the sail on the reverse. The Small Sail variety is a bit more common than its Large Sail counterpart.

The earliest coins struck for British North America were the Sommer Islands twopence, threepence, sixpence and shillings. The Sommer Islands (also frequently spelled Somer Islands or Isles) comprise present-day Bermuda.

In 1609, nine ships carrying colonists to the new colony of Jamestown in Virginia shipwrecked there during a severe storm, stranding the passengers on an island. The passengers, however, were greeted by an abundance of wild hogs, believed to have descended from a group left by Juan Bermudez, a Spanish explorer who discovered the islands more than 100 years earlier. In 1610, the islands were named “Sommer Islands” after the death of Sir George Somers, one of the passengers who had been stranded.

On June 29, 1615, the Bermuda Company was established to colonize these islands. The company’s authorization included the right to strike coins and soon brass twopence, threepence, sixpence and shilling were minted. The wild hog that inhabited the islands was used as the obverse design and many collectors refer to these coins as “hogge money.” On the reverse is a depiction of a ship.

Metal detector finds in Bermuda have resulted in greater availability of Sommer Islands coinage but they are still decidedly rare. Most of the surviving examples are circulated and corroded, undoubtedly a result of being buried for hundreds of years.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 55


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7/30/2008 PCGS VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 1469 $40,250.00
7/30/2008 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 1468 $43,125.00
8/11/2010 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3001 $40,250.00
5/16/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 May 16 - 17 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection IV Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1199/Lot# 30257 $258,500.00
11/14/2014 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3001 $82,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1616 SMALL SAIL SOMMER ISLANDS 1S MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26993103381755637704958810372110471141311643119701217812757134461461923097297443154333421353813742439554
2833334143996276833298491059711169114891175212039123711298613837174452531230343321693407436062381340
000000105971116911489117521203912371129861383717445253123034332169340743606200
000000108221129111566118611210812564132161422820271275283094332795347273674300
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