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Charles I farthing

Colin Barton said he unearthed this coin on 9 November. It’s a Charles I farthing and almost all of these I see as detecting finds are corroded and in a poor state of preservation. This one, though, is really outstanding.

Colin’s find is the rose type.  On the obverse are crossed sceptres over a single arched crown. The legend on this side reads CAROLVS D G MAG BRI.

On the reverse is a crowned rose and a legend reading FRAN ET HIB REX. The mint mark on both sides is a crescent.


This farthing is an example of type 4a, which is listed in the Standard Catalogue as number 3205. It’s a tiny but really attractive coin and would grade good VF for the issue. To a collector this coin shouldn’t be worth any less than £35.

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