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Charles II silver penny

This very small (11mm in diameter) early milled silver coin was found by Steve Bartlett somewhere in Cumbria. I was asked for my opinion on its possible value in order to pass it on to a farmer.

The coin is a Charles II silver penny, which is dated 1673 on the reverse. Small denomination early milled silver coins ae often described as being Maundy money. However, they were simply used as small change in everyday cash transactions. It was much later that coins were made specifically for presentation at the yearly Maundy ceremonies.


As it is a penny, Steve’s find is scarcer than the other small silver coins (fourpence, three pence and twopence) of Charles II. The obverse would grade Fine and the reverse about VF, so my price range would be £22 to £25.

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