Coin Specifications

Category: Early American – Pre-Declaration (1616-1775)
Mint: Unknown
Catalog: KM-1
Composition: Brass
Weight: 1.7000g
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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c.1616 LARGE STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS obverse c.1616 LARGE STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Sommer Islands twopence varieties are distinguished by the star below the hog on the obverse, which can be large or small. The position of the “II” denomination can also be used to help attribute these pieces. The Large and Small Star varieties are about equal in rarity.

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 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 soon brass twopence, threepence, sixpence and shilling were minted. 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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Total Graded: 1
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: VF


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8/13/1999 PCGS VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 6441 $16,100.00
3/26/2015 PCGS F 12   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 2447 $18,800.00
8/12/2015 PCGS VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 3901 $49,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score c.1616 LARGE STAR SOMMER ISLANDS 2P MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base354542904935654595881104711243114411164211845120511226012842134441406714710153761606316773175061872522915
379345055472755910074111121130911508117101191412121124541304313652142811493215605163001701717912201220
000000113091150811710119141212112454130431365214281149321560516300170171791200
000000113751157511777119821219012648132431385914496151541583416536172621831900
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