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Chalmers Short Worm Colonial Shilling Highlights David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins ……

Our Sunday Internet Auction #1003 offers a fantastic selection 300 New Items along with 50 No Reserve lots and 30 Vault Values. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, March 11. Some of the more interesting highlights from this week’s sale include:

Our first highlight is an 1834 50c PCGS/CAC MS65 (Large Date, Small Letters). Fantastic type coin with fresh surfaces and a superb original skin. CAC-approved for quality.

This week’s second highlight coin is an 1854-O 50c PCGS MS66 (Arrows). Popular New Orleans Mint seated half dollar with subtle, yet beautiful rainbow tones just inside the stars, encircling the image of Liberty. A gorgeous gem example with beautiful eye appeal overall, this piece is destined for a top-quality cabinet!

Chalmers Short Worm Shilling at DLRC

A personal favorite is the 1783 Chalmers Short Worm Shilling

The reverse of nearly all Chalmers shillings depicts two birds fighting over a worm, an iconic design for Colonial Maryland numismatics. Researchers have speculated on the meaning of this motif with some theories stating that it represents the American Revolution. In fact, nobody actually knows what the actual meaning was supposed to be.

Both long worm and short worm varieties exist, with the long worm variant being slightly more common. There is also an extremely rare Chalmers shilling type that features 12 interlocking rings as the reverse design.

John Chalmers was a silversmith from Annapolis, Maryland. In 1783, the year that the Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolution he struck three types of coins: silver threepence, sixpence and shillings. These coins circulated almost exclusively in Colonial Maryland and examples can be located in a variety grades, indicating they were readily used in commerce.

Of course there are many other highlights, so be sure to browse all lots in this exciting new sale before it closes on Sunday, March 11.

If you have any questions about coins in our auctions, or items for direct purchase, please call us at 800-776-0560, or send an email and we will get back to you immediately.

Thanks for browsing our inventory and participating in our auction!

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