Coin Specifications

Category: Early American – Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Royal Mint (?)
Catalog: KM-4
Composition: Silver
Diameter: 21mm
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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 6P MS obverse c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 6P MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Researcher Michael Hodder has cataloged two obverse dies and four reverse dies used to strike Lord Baltimore Maryland Sixpence. These were used to strike five distinct varieties in silver. The British Museum also contains lone copper examples of three of these varieties (Hodder 1-A/Whitman-1030, Hodder 2-B/Whitman-1052 and Hodder 2-C/Whitman-1062).

Collectors who wish to acquire an example of the Lord Baltimore Maryland coinage will find the sixpence to be the most available denomination.

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 near lyequal 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: 7
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 7 $10,925.00
2/22/2013 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 3 $14,100.00
8/5/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3018 $15,275.00
1/7/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1216/Lot# 5622 $37,600.00
3/26/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 2453 $23,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 6P MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16471928246434474217526457026089632464736685682071387431796012201154491656117731189612025421611
1740210627913703456654105831616763736543673069267235760793731328315819169511814119392207060
000000583161676373654367306926723576079373132831581916951181411939200
0000005960624564236614677570327333778310787143661619017341185511982300
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 6089
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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