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    1783 Short Worm Chalmers Shilling, AU53
    Rare, Lightly Circulated W-1785 Example

    1783 SHLNG Chalmers Shilling, Short Worm AU53 PCGS. Breen-1011, W-1785, High R.4. Annapolis, Maryland, silver- and goldsmith John Chalmers is credited with the 1783-dated shillings (and rare threepence and sixpence) that bear his name. A German native visiting America, Dr. Johann David Schoepf, wrote of his visit to Annapolis in Travels in the Confederation 1783-1784, cited in Sylvester Crosby's 1875 classic on Colonial coinage. Schoepf noted that the Chalmers coinage was intended to remove the fraudulent "pieces of eight" that were really "pieces of nine" or "pieces of ten" being passed off; Chalmers' motives were not entirely altruistic, however, as he made a tidy profit by redeeming the lightweight older coins from circulation.

    This is an attractive example of the Short Worm variety, showing a bold strike and good centering on surfaces that are light pinkish-gray. There is a tiny planchet indent just inside the inner beaded circle on the obverse, but otherwise there are no singular marks. This is a top-notch coin, far finer than the typical grade seen of Very Fine or so. The issue is listed on page 51 of the 2015 Guide Book.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AUU, PCGS# 596)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
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