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    Sommer Islands Twopence, VF30
    W-11400, Small Star Variant

    (1615-16) 2PENCE Sommer Islands Twopence, Breen-7, W-11400, R.7, VF30 PCGS. CAC. 14.2 grains. Considerable pewter-gray tinning (traditionally called silvering) remains on the surface of this lightly corroded but attractive Sommer Islands piece, with light brown on the worn high points. The hog is complete with detail on the obverse, and much of the ship remains visible on the reverse. Border beads are evident at the upper obverse, and around much of the reverse. Minuscule planchet cracks are evident at 2 o'clock and 3:30 relative to the obverse.

    The obverse features a hog facing left as the central design motif, with the Roman numeral II, for twopence, above, and a star, sometimes called a flower, between the hog's middle two legs (left front and right rear). The reverse motif is a two-masted ship with the letter S to the left, and I to the right, abbreviating Sommer Islands. The difference between the size of the small and large stars is minuscule, and these varieties are difficult to attribute. The Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins notes that the elements of II are the same height on the Small Stars variety, and that the first I is high on the Large Stars variety.

    There is no accurate census of the Sommer Islands twopence, although several have been attempted. The finest we have seen include the VF-XF Brand specimen now at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the VF30 Norweb specimen, this example from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, and an example graded VF25 PCGS that we handled in the 1999 ANA sale. Possibly as many as 20 examples of the two varieties are known.
    Ex: Jacob Giles Morris; Col. Robert C.H. Brock; University of Pennsylvania; Philip H. Ward, Jr; C.J. Dochkus; F.K. Saab; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AUBB, PCGS# 2)

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    August, 2015
    12th-16th Wednesday-Sunday
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