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Holiday find identified as rare reckoning coin

December 26, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, History, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Treasure, World Coins

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 By: Cornish Guardian (http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk)

A RARE Medieval coin – believed to be the first of its kind to be discovered in the South West – was uncovered when a car mechanic stumbled upon it while on holiday in North Cornwall.

But it wasn’t until Tony Hadland showed the item to one of his customers, who was an expert on Medieval coinage, back in Gloucestershire, that he realised the true value of his find.

The piedfort, a non-functional coin most likely used as a reckoning counter, is a striking example of a coin-type issued by King John II of France around 1360.

The coin, discovered by Mr Hadland while walking on National Trust land in Boscastle, was only about the eighth recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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