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John Chalmers - Maryland



In 1783 John Chalmers, an Annapolis, Maryland silversmith, privately issued silver shillings, sixpence, and threepence. The shillings, with the exception of the extremely rare "ring shillings," show two birds fighting for a worm below a hedge and snake. On the sixpence, the intials TS at opposite ends of a cross identify the engraver as Thomas Sparrow, another local silversmith. The tiny threepence exhibits a branch encircled by a wreath. All three denominations share a clasped hand motif. Although Chalmers pieces are scarce, a circulated example can be acquired without much difficulty. Another Maryland silversmith, Standish Barry of Baltimore, would strike a small number of silver threepence in 1790.

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