This coin was found recently by Oliver Jackson but the photographs were sent in by a detecting colleague. Oliver’s find is a George IV crown piece, which is dated 1822 on the reverse.
Finds of George IV silver coins aren’t particularly unusual but this is the first crown piece I have heard of as a detecting find. It will have a lettered edge, part of which will read SECUNDO or TERTIO, which translates as the second or third year of the reign. Silver crown pieces were in general circulation until well into the 20th century. However, they had disappeared by the 1950s.
The overall state of preservation of this coin would grade only Fair to about Fine. In this condition specimens can sometimes be bought from dealers for under £40. This is a case of a coin being fairly common out of the ground but of considerable rarity in the ground.
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