For see all my valuations, please look at my Valuations Archive.  If you would like your item valued, identified or just would like to know a bit more about it, please read about my Valuation Service. Also, if you have found something interesting and would like to share the find, please contact me.  

Recent valuations

Most recent valuation are on the Front Page

charles I Shilling

Charles I shilling

Colin Smith sent in the images of this peculiar looking hammered silver coin

henry iii halfpenny

Henry III – cut halfpenny

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.

Philip I antoninianus

Philip I antoninianus

The finder of the coin featured here goes by the Twitter name of ‘The Mental Detectorist’

Marcus Aurelius, denarius

The coin is a Roman denarius, which was struck for Marcus Aurelius when he was Caesar under Antoninus Pius

Henry penny

Henry III penny

The weakness in some areas means the available information has to be combined to identify the mint

john halfpenny

John, cut halfpenny

As I’ve said before, the amount of information that can be gleaned from a cut halfpenny depends on how the coin was cut

Alexander III penny FOTW

Alexander III penny

All in all, this is one of the best pennies of its type I have seen as a detecting find

Henry IV quarter noble

Henry IV quarter noble

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.

Victoria halfpenny

Victoria halfpenny

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.

Victoria half crown

Victoria halfcrown

Lots of Victorian sixpences and shillings turn up as detecting finds but not many halfcrowns.

Mount – Trewhiddle style

On the face is a crouching creature, which stands out well from the gilded background

Otho denarius

Otho denarius – the story of his short reign

Steve has been very lucky to find this coin, for it is a denarius of Otho

Edward VI shilling

Several different busts appear on Edward VI profile shilling and most are very similar to each other, so they can cause much confusion.

Edward VI shilling

Edward VI shilling – Durham House

This shilling has mint mark bow on both sides and is undated.

Edward VI shilling

This shilling was struck during the third period of debasement and contains only about one quarter the amount of silver that it should do.

Edward IV groat

Edward IV groat

The groat was struck during the first reign of Edward IV, which lasted from 1461 to October of 1470.

George III shilling

George III shilling

It’s a shilling of George III, which was struck during the New Coinage (1816 to 1820)

Victoria halfcrown

A plus point is that it is a large silver coin

Anne, shilling copy

Fake news: Anne, shilling

Occasionally a fake can be just as interesting as the genuine article.

David I, penny

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

Fourree - Tiberius

Roman Fourrees

Roman fourrees are plated versions of Roman coins, some struck from official dies and others forgeries

From Henry VII to a unique Charles I coin

How over 100 years of English history shaped the design of this unique coin.

Merovingian gold Tremissis coin portraying king bubba

Merovingian Tremissis

The valuation of a rare and important Tremissis.

Plus the history of the Merovingians empire and their coinage.

Scottish Penny of Alexander III

Alexander III Penny

Includes the story of the Brussels Hoard.