Sommer Is 2Pence (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS XF40

PCGS XF40

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PCGS VF30

PCGS VF30

PCGS F12

PCGS F12

PCGS #:
2
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 VF30 PCGS grade

Jacob Giles Morris Collection - Col. Robert C.H. Brock - Collection - University of Pennsylvania - Philip H. Ward, Jr Collection - C.J. Dochkus Collection - F.K. Saab Collection, who traded his set of four Sommer Islands coins for “a few” $20 gold coins valued at $1,350 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30254, $64,625

2 VF25 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/1999:6441, $16,100 - Bowers & Merena 5/2001:1134, $21,850

2 VF25 PCGS grade

George M. Parsons Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1914:1, $50 - New Netherlands, privately 1/1956 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:1140 - Stack's 5/2007:318, $86,250

4 VF20 estimated grade

Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1196, $8,500

5 F15 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4001 (as PCGS F15), $51,750

6 F12 PCGS grade
7 VG8 PCGS grade
8 AG3 PCGS grade

Stack’s “Alto II” 10/1991:1342 -  Stack’s “George Sutcliffe Collection” 9/1994:1 - Peter Scherff Collection of Colonial Coins - Stack's 3/2010:2002, $13,800  - Stack's/Bowers 1/2011:59, $18,400

#1 VF30 PCGS grade

Jacob Giles Morris Collection - Col. Robert C.H. Brock - Collection - University of Pennsylvania - Philip H. Ward, Jr Collection - C.J. Dochkus Collection - F.K. Saab Collection, who traded his set of four Sommer Islands coins for “a few” $20 gold coins valued at $1,350 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 5/2014:30254, $64,625

#2 VF25 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/1999:6441, $16,100 - Bowers & Merena 5/2001:1134, $21,850

#2 VF25 PCGS grade

George M. Parsons Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1914:1, $50 - New Netherlands, privately 1/1956 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:1140 - Stack's 5/2007:318, $86,250

#4 VF20 estimated grade

Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1196, $8,500

#5 F15 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2012:4001 (as PCGS F15), $51,750

#6 F12 PCGS grade
#7 VG8 PCGS grade
#8 AG3 PCGS grade

Stack’s “Alto II” 10/1991:1342 -  Stack’s “George Sutcliffe Collection” 9/1994:1 - Peter Scherff Collection of Colonial Coins - Stack's 3/2010:2002, $13,800  - Stack's/Bowers 1/2011:59, $18,400

Ron Guth:

Sommer Islands Twopence are the smallest of four denominations in this series. In terms of total numbers of known specimens, the Twopence are probably second rarest (after the Threepence). However, in terms of value, the Shillings usually bring more because of their larger size.

No "nice" Sommer Islands Twopence exists, at least not in terms of what one might expect from a regular issue United States coins. All examples show corrosion of varying degrees; most have been found by treasure hunters using metal detectors. At least two show splits in the planchet where the metal literally spread apart as the coin was being struck. At least one shows a small chunk broken out of the edge. The finest examples rate Very Fine and most are much worse.

Two varieties comprise the entire mintage: 1) Large Star below the Hog and 2) Small Star below the Hog. Both varieties appear to be of equal rarity.