Coin Specifications

Category: Early American - Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Unknown
Composition: Brass
Weight: 5.8600g
Diameter: mm
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c.1616 LARGE SAIL SOMMER ISLANDS 1S MS obverse c.1616 LARGE 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 Large Sail variety is rarer than the Small Sail variant.

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 the 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 brass twopence, threepence, sixpence and shilling were struck. 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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Last Updated: 2/12/2020

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c.1616 LARGE SAIL 1S SOMMER ISLANDS MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28000 33500 45000 77500 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: VG
High Grade: F

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 c.1616 LARGE SAIL 1S SOMMER ISLANDS MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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NGC Registry Score c.1616 LARGE SAIL 1S SOMMER ISLANDS MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41415158842810515117541196012167123771259012805130231324413860144971515615836165381726418012187852006924472
4480624891241092811823120291223712448126621287813097134491407214717153831607016780175131827019213215370
000000122371244812662128781309713449140721471715383160701678017513182701921300
000000123071251912733129501317013655142851493615609163041702217763185271964100
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Grade: G 4 BN
Points: 5158
Owner: rudman coleccion
 
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