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    (1616) Sommer Islands Twopence, VG10
    Large Star Below Hog, W-11410

    (1616) 2PENCE Sommer Islands Twopence, Large Star, W-11410, R.7, VG10 NGC. Ex: Rudman Collection. Bound for the Virginia Colony but blown off-course by a hurricane, in 1609 Sir George Sommers arrived instead on a series of islands unknown to Sommers' small fleet. The English party soon claimed the islands for Great Britain. About a hundred years earlier, Juan de Bermudez -- a Spaniard en route to the West Indies -- had sighted the islands that now have his name. Bermudez returned more than 20 years later and released numerous black hogs to the island chain. The offspring of those animals greeted the British upon their arrival, providing an important food source on the island paradise.

    Sommer Islands "hogge money" represents the first coinage produced for any English-speaking region in the New World. The few coins that survive rightfully command much value for that distinction. Sommer issues were struck as two pence, three pence, six pence, and shillings, minted in London near the end of 1615 and transported to colony during the following year. Their lightly silvered, brass planchets corroded quickly in the salty Bermuda environment. Since then, a small number of coins have been found on the sandy beaches and buried within the inhospitable Bermuda soil. The present coin is a typically rough and corroded example that retains surprising detail for its grade and exceptional charisma. PCGS estimates just eight to 12 two pence pieces are known (9/20). Listed on page 38 of the 2021 Guide Book. The holder erroneously states "Small Star."

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AUBC, Variety PCGS# 45354, Base PCGS# 2)


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