American Colonial Coinage
Maryland (Lord Baltimore) Coinage
British Coins for America
1658 Lord Baltimore Fourpence (Groat)
The second Lord Baltimore , received from King Charles I of England a grant for a new province to be named for queen Mary, designated “Terra Maria” or Maryland.
The first coins struck in England specifically for a British American Colony.
The obverse is the bust of Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore of Maryland. Inscription: CAECILIUS Dns TERRAEI-MARIAE & CT The Dns after CAECILIVS on the obverse is the standard medieval abbreviation for Domininus, meaning Lord.
The legend on the reverse is from Genesis I, 28: “Benedixitque illis Deus, et ait: CRESCITE : ET : MVLTIPLICAMINI,” translated “and God blessed them and Increase and be multiplied and fill the earth”. Calvert arms crowned, org and cross above, with the denomination divided by the shield.
Diameter: 18 mm
Silver plated lead free fine pewter.