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Charles I Scottish 20 pence piece

A detectorist signing himself as Steve said this hammered silver coin was found in Cumbria. Steve asked for further details, including a valuation, to pass on to the owner of the land that gave up this find.

The coin is a Charles I Scottish 20 pence piece, of which several different varieties are known. John Falconer made the dies for this specimen. They sometimes have a letter F somewhere on the coin but this one is unsigned. It’s an example of class V with MAG BRIT in the obverse legend. In Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands it is listed as number 5591A.

A very large number of Scottish 20 pence pieces have been found in England. They circulated widely and had a face value slightly higher than one and a half English pennies.


Steve’s find would grade Fine and with MAG BRIT in the obverse legend it is a rare variety so would certainly be of interest to specialist collectors. In its present condition my price range would be £80-100.

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