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    (1616) Sommer Islands Sixpence, VF20
    Small Portholes, W-11440

    (1616) 6PENCE Sixpence, Small Portholes, W-11440, British Monetary Authority Type II, High R.6, VF20 NGC. The Sommer Island coinage was the first money coined specifically for use in the New World. The coins were struck in England circa 1616, for use in the Bermuda colony and consisted of four denominations, the twopence (II), threepence (III), sixpence (VI), and shilling (XII). All the coins were struck on brass planchets, with a light silver wash. A similar design was used for all denominations, with a hog dominating the obverse and a sailing ship portrayed on the reverse. The coins were all found in soil and most show extensive corrosion. Thanks to modern metal detector finds at places like Bermuda's Castle Island, there are approximately 40 sixpence known to collectors today, divided between the Large and Small Portholes varieties. The Large Portholes coins are seen more often.

    The present coin retains traces of silvering in selected areas. The surfaces are moderately granular and display glimpses of ocean-blue and rose-red patina. The SOMMER ILANDS legend on the obverse is largely illegible, but the hog is easily recognizable and the denomination is bold. The reverse is rotated and struck off center to the left, but still shows much interior detail in the ship. This lot represents an important opportunity for the colonial collector. Listed on page 38 of the 2021 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AUBE, PCGS# 4)


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