We have mentioned before that one of our favourite websites at Market Lavington Museum is ‘Under the floorboards’. The owner of this site has done a lovely job in documenting just what was found under the floorboards of cottages he renovated.
And today we have an ‘under the floorboards’ item found during recent work on 21 Church Street in Market Lavington.
This – we see both sides here – is an 1806 coin. It is just about 30 mm across which means it is a half penny or ha’penny as we all used to say in pre-decimal coinage days.
The coin may date from 1906 but that does not represent when it was lost. It is a very worn coin. The writing on the reverse or tails side has all but vanished as has some on the obverse or heads side. At no more than a guess this coin had been in circulation for 50 years before slipping between the boards at the Church Street house. If we guess a year, and say it was lost in 1860 then it would be a bit like losing something like £1.20 today. It would certainly have been annoying.
The King at the time was George III or Georgius III as the coin says. He reigned from 1760 until 1820.