James 1st Half Penny

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Out with the club today, on some old pasture so I went out with the Nox.

Found more buttons that I have ever found in a day before, some of them with some good age to them which is always promising.

Got a nice steady 13 on the meter, then after a huge amount of rooting around swearing with the horrible sticky soil frustrating my attempts to find my target I finally found my smallest whole hammered coin yet, it is literally tiny.

I think this is the second coinage one, if I recall the earlier one had a portcullis on one side.

Not in bad nick either, couple of scratches and a little bit of wear but a lot of the detail is pretty crisp.

Pretty happy with that. :)
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That’s an interesting looking coin and some sort of scale would make it even more interesting.
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Metalurgy wrote: Sun Oct 24, 2021 4:19 pm That’s an interesting looking coin and some sort of scale would make it even more interesting.
My scale is upstairs and my feet hurt, so you'll just have to take my word for how tiny it is I'm afraid! :)
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Lovely little coin and from an issuer I've yet to find. Nice one :thumbsup:
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What a beautiful little coin I have never seen one like that before
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This was a new one for me as well, never even seen one like this before today.

Saw the rose first and then cleaned off the other side and saw the thistle, an English rose on one side and a Scottish thistle on the other was the clue I needed!

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They are tiny! I found one many years ago with the explorer but not as good as yours, that’s really nice. :thumbsup:
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Darn it, I’m jealous. I find loads and loads of rose farthings but the locals were too tight to do halfpennies. Superb find!

If you want Spinks number etc. then this link to one the same as yours might be of interest. It has a coronet mint mark and is a second issue one :thumbsup: guessing around 11mm?
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Oct 24, 2021 7:46 pm Darn it, I’m jealous. I find loads and loads of rose farthings but the locals were too tight to do halfpennies. Superb find!

If you want Spinks number etc. then this link to one the same as yours might be of interest. It has a coronet mint mark and is a second issue one :thumbsup: guessing around 11mm?
Thanks, that does look like the one, I'd actually spotted the mint mark unusually for me, that's why I was thinking second rather than third coinage.

Most of the time I post a picture and then someone says "oh yeah, that's a gerbil rampant mint mark and was made in Hull on a Thursday by a bloke called Kevin." and I'm left wondering how they could possibly know, even once I know I still can't see it!
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Nice Hammy :thumbsup:
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Jamesey1981 wrote: Sun Oct 24, 2021 4:21 pm My scale is upstairs and my feet hurt, so you'll just have to take my word for how tiny it is I'm afraid! :)
Well it must be a true tiddler because somewhere or other I have a James penny which is small.👍
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Metalurgy wrote: Sun Oct 24, 2021 8:15 pm Well it must be a true tiddler because somewhere or other I have a James penny which is small.👍
I had to go upstairs anyway so I grabbed my scale, it's teeny tiny. :)
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I have a few of both types of half groat and 1 penny but never seen a half. Just as I have never had a penny of Elizabeth. They must be there somewhere.

Really nice coin, always reminds me of a pineapple! :thumbsup:
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TheFenTiger wrote: Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:48 pm I have a few of both types of half groat and 1 penny but never seen a half. Just as I have never had a penny of Elizabeth. They must be there somewhere.

Really nice coin, always reminds me of a pineapple! :thumbsup:
The thistle does look a lot like a pineapple, I would imagine that comparison would have been lost on the people that were using this coin though!

Now I'm going to have to go and look up when the first pineapples came to Britain....
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What a great little coin. :thumbsup:
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