||1783 SHLNG Chalmers Shilling, Long Worm AU50 NGC. Breen-1012, W-1790, R.4. 52.5 grains, 91% silver, 8% copper, per NGC metallurgical tests. Three of the four Chalmers pieces in the present offering from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, are tested at 91% silver, nearly equal the standard weight of the Spanish milled dollar. However, Philip Mossman reported other pieces that were tested in the range of 81% to 86% silver. Two varieties are identified as the Long Worm and the Short Worm, referring to the length of the vertical worm shared by the two birds. However, an easier attribution feature is the fence (or bar or hedgerow) in relation to the letters. The Long Worm variety has the fence ending at the second I in SHILLING, while the Short Worm variety has the fence ending at the N in SHILLING. The dies were misaligned in the press, and the obverse is substantially off-center, while the reverse is properly centered. This attractive piece has delicate gold toning on its medium gray surfaces. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $10575.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.