Coin Specifications

Category: Early American – Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Royal Mint (?)
Catalog: KM-6
Composition: Silver
Diameter: 27mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 1S MS obverse c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 1S MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

There are two known varieties of Lord Baltimore Maryland shillings. Hodder 1-A/Whitman-1080, which features a large head, is the more common variety, while Hodder 2-B/Whitman-1090 is identified by the small bust and is known by only two examples in silver and around five examples in copper.

The Lord Baltimore Maryland coinage was ordered by Cecil Calvert, 2nd Lord Baltimore, who in 1632 received a charter from King Charles I of England to establish the new colony of Maryland. This charter gave Calvert nearly equal authority to the monarch in the territory, including the right to strike coins.

On October 16, 1659, Cecil Calvert sent a letter to his brother Philip Calvert in Maryland along with samples of a new “Maryland money” that he intended to circulate in the colony. The Maryland Assembly initially resisted, but on April 17, 1661, an act was passed that authorized the establishment of a mint to strike coins. The following year, an act was passed that required every taxable person in Maryland to exchange 60 pounds of tobacco for 10 shillings of the new coins.

Although the Maryland Assembly’s act of 1661 authorized a mint in the colony, it is believed that all of the Lord Baltimore Maryland coinage was struck in England, most likely at the Royal Mint.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 58


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1/12/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1216/Lot# 5628
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1/12/2015 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1216/Lot# 5627
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8/13/1999 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6447 $10,177.50
11/3/1999 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1231, 1231/Lot# 1001 $8,480.00
2/24/2003 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 8 $12,075.00
4/16/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2217 $74,750.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 6009 $48,875.00
2/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4 $32,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 1S MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18862197288540485466640066166820701471387317743179608428958813919175461876720050213972280924290
19892426327245205777647266846884705571977355760781168814110311512817953191942049921867233020
0000006684688470557197735576078116881411031151281795319194204992186700
0000006752694970967257739377838272920112475163371836019622209482233800
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