This coin was unearthed in Hertfordshire by Eric Weinrabe on 30 April. Eric said it was retrieved from only one inch deep in a very stony and hard stubble field.
The coin is a Queen Anne shilling, which is dated 1709 on the reverse. Eric told me he was delighted when it surfaced for it is the first specimen of the reign and denomination that he has found. I was asked to let him have some idea of its auction value.
Some coins that are fairly common out of the ground are scarce or rare as detecting finds. Examples include Anne shillings and those of George I, George II and George III (pre-1800), which are all scarce or rare. Those of George I dated 1723, George II dated 1758 and George III dated 1787 are all common but rare as detecting finds. It is a fact that it is far easier to find a pre-1800 gold coin of George III than it is to find a 1787 shilling.
Eric’s Queen Anne shilling would grade Fine to good Fine but has a small graze to the edge by the D of DEI on obverse. In its present state of preservation a likely pre-sale auction estimate would be £30 to £40. This price range might seem low but Anne shillings aren’t particularly scarce and 1709 is a fairly common date. Even though it is not worth a great deal in cash terms, it is still a really good detecting find.