Sommer Islands Shilling, 1615-1616 Small Sails PCGS XF40
(1615-6) SHILLING Sommer Islands Shilling, Small Sails, R5+ PCGS XF40. High Rarity-5+.
Nearly a Rarity of R6 and the first coin made for the Colonial states from England for trade and commercial use in Bermuda and Virginia. Bermuda Hogge Islands, and money coined for use there became referred to as “Hogge money. Today, we know of the “Sommer Islands” as Bermuda. There were four denominations struck for circulation. The two pence, three pence, six pence and shilling, with the three pence being the rarest. The name “Hogge money” name derives from the coins’ Obverse design, which depicts a wild boar or hog on one side. Hogs proliferated on the islands after being unloaded there during the early 16th century. The reverse side of the Sommer Islands token is struck with sailing ships, with varieties known based on the size of the sails and portholes.