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Scottish 20 pence piece of Charles I

This is another of Andy Thelwell’s finds, which I was asked to identify and value. It’s a hammered silver coin but Scottish rather than English.

The coin is a 20 pence piece of Charles I. A great number of these coins must have been exported to England for they turn up very regularly as detecting finds.

On the obverse is a bust of Charles I with XX (for 20 pence) behind. There is a crowned thistle on the reverse. There are no identification marks but the type is listed as 5591 in coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands. The dies are unsigned but they will have been made by John Falconer, who was the son-in-law of Nicholas Briot.

Valuation

The bust of Charles I would grade only Fair but the coin is otherwise in Fine condition, so a retail price for a similar specimen would be £35 to £40.

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