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History and picture of Ancient one cent coin: Bermuda Shilling - "Hodge Penny"

Obverse: Device--A hog, standing, facing left, above which are displayed the Roman numerals "XII.," the whole surrounded by a beaded circle. Legend: "SOMMER ISLANDS" around which is a beaded circle like that enclosing the device.

Rare early coins of the U.S. mint

Reverse: Device--A full-rigged ship under sail to the left, a flag flying from each of her four masts--enclosed in a beaded circle, the beads larger than on the obverse. Copper; size, 19; weight, 177 grains.

In May, 1616, Captain John Smith appointed Master Daniel Tucker Governor of Bermuda. This Governor enforced labor, and under him, Smith states, the colonists had "beside meat, drink and clothes, a certain kinde of brasse money, with a hogge on one side, in memory of the abundance of hogges was found at their first landing." Governor Tucker ruled about two years, and in 1624, Smith pubished an account of the "brasse" (copper) "money" as something which had been, in the past.

Though coined in Europe for Virginia, or the Bermudas, somewhere about 1615, the exact time, place and circumstances of the production of the "Hogge money" are impossible to discover. It had, it would seem, a limited circulation, both as to time and quantity, and the pieces which now represent the issue, are almost unique.