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.

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

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Castle Wynd, INVERNESS, Highlands and Islands, IV2 3EB
01463 237 114

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