Reader finds hoard of gold coins – Part 2
Last week, I published the story of a hoard of hammered gold coins found by reader, Steve Simmons and provided an valuation of the first seven coins. I have now updated the article for the other seven hammered gold coins from the hoard in Part 2. They are similar to those in Part 1 but there are some differences. Below is the original article and both Parts of my valuation.
A few months back Steve Simmons contacted me to say he had found a small hoard of hammered gold coins. Steve asked if I’d like to feature the hoard on my website and as could be expected I said yes.
Some finds seem to take ages to go through the Treasure procedure but this one didn’t take long. No museum wanted to acquire the hoard so it was returned quite quickly to Steve, who let me have really good images of the content.
It not a large hoard as it is made up on only 14 coins but most are quite large and in very good condition. They are as follows: one unite of James I, three laurels and two half laurels of James I, two unites of and six double crowns of Charles I. The latest coin dates from the early 1640s, which suggests that the hoard would have been deposited close to the start of the Civil War. The face value adds up to £10 – a considerable sum around 1640. In the case of hoards I always wonder who buried them. Did they die before they had the chance to retrieve what they had buried or did they simply forget where it was hidden?
Steve said that his wife bought him a detector as a present for Christmas 2020. He found a few bits and pieces but nothing really outstanding. Then, during an evening outing, he unearthed two hammered gold coins from a depth of about six inches. He said he was shaking with excitement: first at the sight of two great coins and secondly by the thought that there could be others still in the soil. Therefore, Steve ordered a new machine but when it arrived it wouldn’t work. He ordered another but that didn’t work either. By now he must have been very frustrated. Anyway, Steve ended up with a Nox 600 and with that it took him 30 minutes to locate 12 more hammered gold coins. He told me that this machine constantly confuses and surprises him but it keeps turning up good finds.
The figures give below are likely auction prices.