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Scottish halfpenny of Alexander III

Leon Boulton said this small hammered silver coin was found very deep in pasture. Finding small things at a depth in pasture proves one thing above all else: your detector is working very well indeed.

Leon’s find is a Scottish halfpenny of Alexander III. It was struck during King Alexander’s second coinage, when a huge number of pennies were issued but far fewer halfpennies. This specimen is an example of the type listed as number 5061 in Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands.


The coin is slightly weak on the king’s forehead but it is otherwise in about VF condition so to a collector of Scottish hammered silver it shouldn’t be worth any less than £200.

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