Coin Specifications

Category: Early American - Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Royal Mint (?)
Composition: Silver
Diameter: 16.3mm
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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 4P MS obverse c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 4P MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Two varieties of Lord Baltimore Maryland Fourpence, or Groats are known: the unique Small Bust variant and the Large Bust variety. Examples are known in a wide range of grades, which indicates that these coins saw circulation in Maryland.

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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 4P MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 c.1659 LORD BALTIMORE MARYLAND 4P MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-1-11---1-1------6
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Total----1-1-11---1-1------6
 ----17 %-17 %-17 %17 %---17 %-17 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2 $70,500.00
2/27/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 3690 $25,850.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1216/Lot# 5619 $105,750.00
1/7/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1216/Lot# 5621 $111,625.00
1/6/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5207 $25,850.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1659 LORD 4P MS BALTIMORE MARYLAND
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3009323841415563743184289234958897659944101251030810821113511190112471130601367014300149521603819784
3085353946156186776386979352964798251000410186104791099811534120911266713263138801451715314172870
000000935296479825100041018610479109981153412091126671326313880145171531400
000000947097069884100651024710650111741171812281128641346714090147351567600
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