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Charles I, sixpence

Roger Paul said he unearthed this coin during a blizzard. I think we have all experienced bad weather during an outing. My detecting came to a halt in the middle of March 2020 but I remember being caught out the previous month. It was during a club outing on a particularly large ploughed field that I was in the centre of. I was unaware that a large black cloud was approaching behind me; the first I knew of it was when the cloud opened up and in not much more than a minute it deposited about three inches of snow on the field. The field being fairly roughly ploughed running for cover was impossible. All I could do was put my hood up and hope for the best. The cloud speedily moved on but not before it had turned me into a snowman.

Roger’s find is a sixpence of Charles I. It was struck at the mint in the Tower of London and is an example of type 3. On the obverse is a large bust of the king and on the reverse a large oval shield with C and one side and R at the other. There are two mint marks for the type (portcullis and harp) but the crucial areas are unclear so I can’t identify the mark on this coin.


The obverse is only Fair but the reverse is sharper and in Fine condition. Some rare varieties of the type are known but this isn’t one of them. In its present state of preservation I’d price this find at £30 – £40.

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