This quite large milled silver coin came in from David Richman, who wanted a valuation on his find. As is the case with many detectorists, he has an agreement with a landowner through which the monetary value of finds is split between them. This provides an encouragement and an incentive for landowners to allow detectorists to conduct searches.
David’s find is a George III halfcrown, which is dated 1817 on the obverse. Lots of plated forgeries have been unearthed by detectorists and I saw one on Monday evening of this week. I’m happy to say that David’s specimen looks to be genuine.
The present generation of collectors can be very choosey. Even relatively common coins in pristine condition can sell for very high prices. On the other hand, coins with relatively minor defects can sell for well below the current catalogue prices. This halfcrown would grade about VF but it has a scratch behind the king’s head and other scuff marks on the obverse. In its present condition by highest price range would be £30 – £40.