James II Two pence piece

Pictured here (greatly enlarged) is a coin that measures only 14mm in diameter. It’s a James II two pence piece, which is dated 1687 on the reverse. This is one of the coins from a group of four sent in by Clint Baker.

Low denomination milled silver coins like this are often described as Maundy Money. However, they were struck first during the reign of Charles II and all were used as small change. It was only much later that specially made sets were produced to be given out at the yearly Maundy ceremony.

Valuation

Clint’s coin would grade good VF and is darkly and attractively toned, so I’d place a minimum figure of £45 on it.

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