Colin Smith sent in the images of this peculiar looking hammered silver coin
Damon’s find is a voided long cross coin of Henry III. The obverse has characteristics that mark it out as belonging to class III.
The finder of the coin featured here goes by the Twitter name of ‘The Mental Detectorist’
The coin is a Roman denarius, which was struck for Marcus Aurelius when he was Caesar under Antoninus Pius
The weakness in some areas means the available information has to be combined to identify the mint
As I’ve said before, the amount of information that can be gleaned from a cut halfpenny depends on how the coin was cut
All in all, this is one of the best pennies of its type I have seen as a detecting find
Stephen Tate said he found this coin on a beach in East Sussex. It’s a highly unusual beach find, as will become clear when I provide a detailed description.
Up to 1860 the penny and its fractions were made of copper. From 1860 onwards the penny and its fraction were made of bronze. For me there is a great mystery attached to this changeover.
Lots of Victorian sixpences and shillings turn up as detecting finds but not many halfcrowns.
On the face is a crouching creature, which stands out well from the gilded background
Steve has been very lucky to find this coin, for it is a denarius of Otho
Several different busts appear on Edward VI profile shilling and most are very similar to each other, so they can cause much confusion.
This shilling has mint mark bow on both sides and is undated.
This shilling was struck during the third period of debasement and contains only about one quarter the amount of silver that it should do.
The groat was struck during the first reign of Edward IV, which lasted from 1461 to October of 1470.
It’s a shilling of George III, which was struck during the New Coinage (1816 to 1820)
A plus point is that it is a large silver coin
Occasionally a fake can be just as interesting as the genuine article.
The finder of this coin initially believed his find was a penny of Henry I. It does look like a type XV penny of Henry I but it is something far more significant.
Valuations with a story
Valuations which include a historical background or a related story
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How over 100 years of English history shaped the design of this unique coin.
The valuation of a rare and important Tremissis.
Plus the history of the Merovingians empire and their coinage.
Includes the story of the Brussels Hoard.