Lot #14. Undated (Circa 1659) Lord Baltimore Sixpence. W-1060, Hodder 2-C. URS-7. Small Bust. EF-45 (NGC).
The September 2009 Philadelphia Rarities Sale - 9/22/2009
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This is the variety of Lord Baltimore Sixpence typically encountered in numismatic circles, some examples even being included in a silver tube of Sixpence discovered at Fulbeck Hall in Lincolnshire and auctioned in November of 2002 by Morton & Eden. It is important to remember, however, that the Lord Baltimore Sixpence as a type is very scarce, the Hodder 2-C die pair existing to the extent of fewer than 65 pieces. This is an aesthetically pleasing coin despite the presence of light wear and isolated softness of strike, the latter feature a common characteristic for the variety. The top of the obverse portrait and the central portion of the reverse shield are softly defined, but the detail does sharpen considerably toward the borders. Well centered on the planchet, with mottled russet peripheral highlights to otherwise lightly toned, silver-gray and lavender-gray surfaces. We see no significant abrasions or other blemishes to either side. A very nice accompaniment to the Lord Baltimore Shilling that we are also offering in this sale, this Sixpence would also serve with distinction in a specialized collection. There is a minor planchet clip at the 12 o'clock position that does not interfere with any of the devices.