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700-year-old coin found during Bannockburn dig

April 9, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, English Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By George Mair April 9th, 2014 (http://www.scotsman.com)

A 700-YEAR-OLD English coin has been found near the abbey where the victorious Robert the Bruce took booty from the Battle of Bannockburn.

The silver penny was discovered yards from Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling, by archaeologists looking for artefacts from the time of the 1314 battle.

The small coin, minted in London during the late 13th or early 14th century, may have been a month’s wages for a soldier in Edward II’s defeated army.

Experts from GUARD Archaeology, who led a metal detector survey of the area, believe it may have been among the spoils of battle taken back to the abbey by the Bruce from the battlefield.

Warren Bailie, GUARD’s battlefield archaeologist, who led the search, said today: “This coin would have been in circulation in 1314 and could relate to the Battle of Bannockburn.

“Cambuskenneth Abbey was where the Scots’ baggage train was held before the battle and where they returned to immediately afterwards.

“It was where the booty was taken from the battlefield, so it could potentially have been dropped booty.

“It was worth quite a lot of money at that time — perhaps a soldier’s wage for that month.”

Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of the few places specifically mentioned in near contemporary accounts of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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