Burmuda Hog Penny Signet Ring - Size US 6.75

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Burmuda Hog Penny Signet Ring - Size US 6.75

385.00

Chosen from my personal coin collection for the beautifully rendered animal design, a most elegant little hog trots in profile. This Bermuda hog penny or “Hogge Money” has been set in fine and sterling silver. The chunky signet style setting features two 24k gilded B’s on each side giving it the feel of an old class ring.
This heavy ring has a comfy wide tapered channel band.

Makers mark and .925 are stamped on the outside reverse of the band.

The coin itself has been minted in bronze, and set in such a way that no bronze contacts the skin. It has only been left open on the face. Inside the band is solid sterling silver.

About the imagery: The hog was chosen to adorn Bermuda’s penny as a tribute to the original coins struck by the early settlements which also featured wild hogs. When the Spanish discovered the island, the wild hog was the main source of food. Here is a short excerpt from coin historian Greg Reynolds that explains the significance of this unusual imagery:

”Turtles, various kinds of birds, and some forms of plant life served as food for voluntary and involuntary visitors. At some point in the 1500s, Bermuda was well populated by Spanish feral hogs, which are similar to domestic pigs.

The ancestors of the hogs of Bermuda may have come off a Portuguese ship that crashed at Bermuda in 1543 and/or they could have come from other shipwrecks. One theory is that operational Spanish ships deliberately released them on Bermuda for the benefit of sailors who may find themselves there in the future. It is more likely that they came from wrecked ships that were supposed to bring hogs to Spanish colonies or to other Spanish ships as re-supplies of food.”
Read the full piece here:
https://coinweek.com/featured-news/the-1615-16-coins-of-bermuda-sommer-islands-the-first-english-coins-of-north-america/

This ring is a US size 6.75 and cannot be resized. It is one of a kind.

Care:
As with all handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry, utmost care should be taken to keep jewelry clean and dry. Never wear your pieces while bathing, swimming, or washing dishes to avoid having them submerged in water. Bones and stones are porous and susceptible to become weak when they get wet. Metals can tarnish and lose their patinas more quickly if they get wet or washed with chemicals frequently. Also, please remove your pieces before any strenuous activities as they are fragile and parts could be knocked loose or fall out. Treat your jewelry like the unique piece of art that it is and it will remain in good condition for ages.

Shipping and Policies: This item is ready to ship. Please allow 1-3 days while your payment clears before being shipped. Please read both my shipping and policies pages before making your purchase.

 

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