Coin hoard including rare half crown by Various artists

Inverness was a centre of conflict during the civil war in Scotland, as the Beauly Firth area became a focus of the struggles between the Royalist forces and the Covenanting army.


Art Fund grant:
£2,450 ( Total: £5,500)
Acquired in:
Queen's & Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer

Hartlebury Castle served as a royalist garrison during the civil war, and doubled as an emergency mint when the royalist forces needed expedient coinage. Half crowns from the Hartlebury mint are extremely rare: the half crown discovered in the hoard is the first known from Scotland, and only the third or fourth from Britain. The half crown bears the image of Charles I on horseback, most likely based on Anthony Van Dyck’s triumphant equestrian portrait of the king, a powerful image of monarchy.


Found by metal detectorists in Muir of Ord, near Inverness and declared Treasure Trove in 2012

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