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Penny of Charles I

Philip Clark asked me to identify the hammered silver coin featured here, which measures 13mm in diameter.
The coin is a penny of Charles I, which was struck at the mint situated in the Tower of London. Sadly, it’s only in Fair condition and it has been pierced.


Early hammered silver coins were sometimes pierced to be used as jewellery and they need to be reported under the Treasure Act. Many later Tudor and Stuart small coins were pierced so they could be kept on a length of string. By storing them in this way they were far less likely to be lost. Therefore, they were pierced not for use as jewellery but for storage purposes so they should not count as Treasure finds

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