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Farthing of George I

This little copper coin was found by Mike Ruczynski in one of his grot boxes. After rescuing it from a high number of odds and ends he realised it was a dump issue farthing of George I, specimens of which are rather rare. Mike wondered if it would be of any value in its present condition.


The coin measures about 18mm in diameter and is dated 1717 on the reverse. On both sides the surface is rough and it would grade only Fair at best. The state of preservation does leave something to be desired but dump issue farthing are rare and I’ve never seen one as a detecting find. Even in its present condition this find should still be worth £30 to £40 to a collector of English copper coins.

Check out your grot box, for you may have inadvertently dropped a good find into it at some time in the past

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