Posts Tagged ‘George III’

Another ‘Lost and Found’ item

September 20, 2015

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.

A penny from the rec

July 16, 2015

Today we look at a penny which is getting on for 200 years old. It was found by metal detectorist Norman on the old recreation ground in Market Lavington.

Reverse of 1823 penny found on the old Recreation Ground in Market Lavington

Reverse of 1823 penny found on the old Recreation Ground in Market Lavington

As we can see this is an 1823 penny and in remarkably good order.

King George III was on the throne at the time

King George III was on the throne at the time

The king at that time was George III. He had a long reign of almost 60 years but by the time this coin was minted he was old and suffering from the mental illness that made people deem him insane. His son had been the effective monarch for years as the prince Regent.

Now the finding of an 1823 coin doesn’t mean the coin was lost in 1823. Our curator recalls that in his 1950s childhood pennies were still in circulation with Queen Victoria’s old head on them. They dated from the 1890s so they were more than 50 years old. But he also recalls that these old pennies were very worn, with writing and images almost worn away. With the condition of this coin, it suggests it wasn’t all that old when it was lost. As this is one amongst quite a goodly collection of coins from before Victoria’s reign it does suggest that the old rec was in use for more than just agriculture at least back into the mid-19th century.

For those who like these things, somebody who earned that penny back in 1823 would today earn more than £5 for the same work. It wasn’t lost lightly.