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 were 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 Dominus, 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.
Includes all three monetary sizes of the 1658 Lord Baltimore Coinage Series:
Shilling – 26mm
Sixpence – 22mm
Fourpence – 18mm
Silver-plated’ made in the USA
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.