Coin Specifications

Category: Early American - Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Royal Mint (?)
Composition: Silver
Diameter: 27mm
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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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Last Updated: 2/19/2020

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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 1S MARYLAND MS
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Base $ - - 11500 13000 17500 27500 32500 40000 57500 - 75000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 50
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 58

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/25/2020 c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 1S MARYLAND MS
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 1S MARYLAND MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2401252532384290592268207543842885908752891790849551100351053711058115971215612734133331433117786
244227633589483462217061783884828644880789739240971210202107111123811783123491293413666154830
00000078388482864488078973924097121020210711112381178312349129341366600
00000081338536869888629028939598741037010884114171197012541131331399800
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 8428
Owner: Roblou270
 
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