Coin Specifications

Category: Early American – Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Unknown
Catalog: KM-1
Composition: Brass
Weight: 1.7000g
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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c.1616 SMALL STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS obverse c.1616 SMALL STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Sommer Islands twopence varieties are distinguished by the star below the hog on the obverse, which can be large or small. The position of the “II” denomination can also be used to help attribute these pieces. The Large and Small Star varieties are about equal in rarity.

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: 4
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: VG
High Grade: VF


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2/28/2012 PCGS F 15   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4001 $51,750.00
5/16/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 May 16 - 17 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection IV Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1199/Lot# 30254 $64,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1616 SMALL STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base261430093545481762487431864495881043010919115751197012178131121391422450293463112832988349293695339063
27453187396952946642783589589868105931113711706120391248913379167592474829940317483363535603376560
0000008958986810593111371170612039124891337916759247482994031748336353560300
00000092731014910756113561183812108128001364619604270473053432368342823627800
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