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Sixpence of Charles I

Stephen Palmer said that after a whole day in a field with nothing to show for it he decided to call it a day. Then, about ten yards from his van, the hammered silver coin pictured here popped up.

Stephen’s find is a sixpence of Charles I. It’s an example of Tower type 3a and on both sides the mint mark is a tun, which dates the coin to 1636-38. In the Standard Catalogue it is listed as number 2813.     


The coin is flat in one quarter on both sides, the king’s face is very weak but the rest of it would grade Fine. It’s not a rarity but I’ve seen far worse Charles I sixpences than this one. The flat areas will push down the value but it should still be worth up to £30 to a collector.

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