Coin Specifications

Category: Early American - Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Royal Mint (?)
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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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 6P MARYLAND MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 8750 15100 19400 24200 - 30000 39500 - 48500 72500 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 6P MARYLAND MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----141-11--1--------9
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Total-----141-11--1--------9
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE 6P MARYLAND MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2124226827543817515860896820743175827731788180338460890393629840103351084811380119311285116046
2172243031084264546863337024748176327781793281758608905695211000510506110251156412238139160
000000702474817632778179328175860890569521100051050611025115641223800
000000722775327681783179828318875592099681101701067711203117471254400
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 8903
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 7431
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