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.
Coin hoard including rare half crown by Various artists, c. 17th century
© Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
- 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 Dycks 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