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Lord Baltimore Shilling

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Type Coin
Title Lord Baltimore Shilling
Grade AU50
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 34
Denomination SHILNG

(1659) SHILNG Maryland Lord Baltimore Shilling, Hodder 1-A, W-1080, R.6, AU50 NGC. 63.4 grains. Die alignment: 180?. Calvert's facial features are remarkably distinct, with his eyes, nose, and mouth being well-rendered and preserved in fine detail. His distinguished appearance gives this shilling additional dignity, augmented further by its pervasive golden toning. The coin is well-struck, overall, with some central weakness most obvious in the hair. The mouth is more clear on this example than on the extraordinary AU58 piece in our Partrick sale of January 2015. The reverse is struck a touch off-center toward 6 o'clock, but shows strong detail with a particularly bold globus cruciger (the orb and cross atop the crown). Clash marks are visible below the II, as always on this variety. The Calvert family arms, depicted on the reverse and described in heraldic terms as "a paly of six Or and Sable, a bend countercharged," remains a feature of the Great Seal of the State of Maryland. A truly exceptional example of the largest denomination of the Lord Baltimore series. Listed on page 42 of the 2018 Guide Book. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15012, realized $22800. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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