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    Lord Baltimore Hodder 2-B Shilling, Small Bust
    Sole Silver Example Available
    Uncirculated Sharpness, Marvelous Quality

    (1659) SHILNG Maryland Lord Baltimore Shilling, Small Bust, Hodder 2-B, W-1090, R.8 -- Cancellation Marks -- NGC Details. Unc. Ex: Norweb/Partrick. 73.3 grains. The Norweb catalog referred to these large, crisscrossing lines in the left obverse field as a "cancellation or rejection mark," a theory to which we also subscribe (similar marks are seen on the unique Large Bust sixpence). For the shilling denomination, the Large Bust design was used for circulating coinage.

    Enthusiasts of early American and Colonial coins can generally find a nice, affordable example of the Massachusetts coinage struck under the auspices of John Hull, mintmaster, due to the support and promotion by the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the hardiness and longevity of the mint facility. This establishment was located in its own building in Boston (although today the precise location is unknown, due to Hull's extensive land holdings).

    The Maryland silver coinage, however, is far rarer overall, issued for a much shorter time in only three circulating denominations: fourpence (groat), sixpence, and shillings. The striking period was ca. 1659, although it is possible that the coins may have been struck on more than one occasion into the early 1660s, and the coinage was almost certainly all struck in Britain and exported to Maryland, where there is evidence that the silver groats, sixpence, and shillings did circulate for at least a decade.

    Hodder 2-B, the rarer of the two confirmed shilling die varieties. Obverse. Small Bust. CAECILIUS : DNS (large NS with horizontal bar above) TERRAE-MARIAE &CT. The E in TERRAE is slightly lower at the top than R. Reverse. The orb crucifer is completely round and centered directly above the center point of the crown below. The lower shield point touches the U in MULTIPLICAMINI, and the left-side upright of P in that word shows recutting. This die pairing is actually more available in the copper shilling patterns, of which five are known, than the two silver pieces extant.

    This is the sole example available to the numismatic marketplace of the Hodder 2-B silver shilling. Only two examples are known, and the other piece is held by the American Numismatic Society.

    Despite the cancellation mark, this is a breathtakingly beautiful shilling, showing generous luster remaining on dove-gray surfaces with greenish-gold accents in the device recesses and at the rims on each side. The bold strike -- quite well brought up throughout both sides -- and the appearance of completely original preservation make this an exceptional piece, even if it were a survivor of the usually seen Hodder 1-A shilling dies. For a comparison, an example of that R.6 Hodder 1-A shilling variety, certified AU58, brought $126,500 in our FUN 2008 Signature, lot 2636. This piece, the only available silver example of the Hodder 2-B dies, should engender spirited bidding at the auction block.
    Ex: Henry Chapman (6/29/1911); Albert Fairchild Holden; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3403; Donald Groves Partrick (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 5628.
    From the Collection of a Patriotic American.

    Previous collections from this consignor (Continental dollars and Continental currency) can be viewed by clicking the following links:
    The Collection of a Patriotic American -- Continental dollars

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    14th-18th Wednesday-Sunday
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