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Halfgroat of Edward III

Damon Ward said that on the 13th of October he was following a farmer’s tractor as it turned over the soil. He didn’t need to move any soil to find the coin pictured here; all he had to do was bend down and pick it up from the surface.

The coin is a London halfgroat of Edward III, which was struck during series C of the fourth coinage. In the Standard Catalogue halfgroats of this type are listed as number 1574.


In terms of wear, the obverse would grade about VF but the reverse isn’t as good. However, the edge is chipped and there is a significant crease mark across the centre, which certainly detracts from its overall appearance. In its present condition, despite being an interesting detecting find, it might sell for no more than £10.

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