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Stuart Half Crown Forgery of Charles I

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1959C54
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1625 - 1649

Maker Information


This forgery of a silver halfcrown was found in a hoard of coins buried at Erdington during the Civil War between King Charles I and Parliament. The forger has deliberately made his coin look as if
it has been clipped around the edge. Lots of the real coins in circulation at that time had been clipped like that. A halfcrown was a lot of money in the 1640s. A cavalryman serving in one of the
contending armies earned this much as a day's pay.

Purchased from the British Museum.

Further Information

Reign:King Charles I
Production Period:Stuart
Denomination:2 shillings and sixpence
Place of Origin:England
Place of Excavation:Erdington, West Midlands

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Diameter:26 mm