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    (1616) Sommer Islands Shilling, Fine 12
    Small Sail, W-11460
    Rare Early American Type

    (1616) SHILNG Sommer Islands Shilling, Small Sail Fine 12 NGC. Breen-2, W-11460, R.5. Circa-1616 Sommer Islands "hogge money" is rare regardless of variety or denomination. The hog is an usual central obverse motif for that or any other era, but is featured on the early coinage for Bermuda since it helped save the lives of Sir George Somers' shipwrecked party. The island was populated by hogs from a prior ephemeral settlement, and fed the crew until the expedition to Virginia could resume. The present example is a dug piece, as are all known, and exhibits scattered specks of aqua verdigris across granular walnut-brown surfaces. When evaluated beneath a loupe, substantial design definition emerges. Listed on page 31 of the 2022 Guide Book.
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 4003.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# AUBG, PCGS# 6)


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