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    (1616) Sommer Islands Shilling, VF20
    Small Sail, W-11460

    (1616) SHILNG Sommer Islands Shilling, Small Sail VF20 NGC. Breen-2, W-11460, R.5. The Sommer Islands coinage was stuck on brass planchets and lightly silvered. Four denominations are known, twopence, threepence, sixpence, and shillings. There are rumors of a fourpence "groat" and a one penny denomination, but no examples of those denominations have ever been confirmed. All the denominations feature a similar design, featuring a hog on the obverse and a sailing ship on the reverse. Hogs are not native to Bermuda, but had been left on the island from a prior settlement, and provided food for English emigrants. There are two varieties of the shilling, one with Small Sails on the ship and the other with Large Sails. The Small Sails variety is seen most often, but all Sommer Islands coinage is rare in the absolute sense.

    The reverse has a die orientation of about 60 degrees clockwise from the obverse. The outline of the hog is visible and the XII denomination is legible, if weak, but only the letters OMM R IL ND in the SOMMER ILANDS legend remain discernible. On the other hand, much interior detail remains intact on the ship. The overall presentation is most attractive for this rare colonial issue. Listed on page 38 of the 2021 Guide Book.

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

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