Ashstead pensioner finds rare 17th-century half crown coin
ONE of the latest exhibits to be added to the British Museum's website is a rare 17th century half-crown unearthed by an Ashtead man using a metal detector.
Keith Andreae, 78, made the discovery while searching farmland near Urchfont in Wiltshire.
At first he thought he had found a small piece of silver bullion, but Mr Andreae handed it to Surrey finds liaison officer David Williams for a closer look.
It turned out the find was an exceptionally rare Irish half-crown minted during the Irish Rebellion of 1642 as an emergency currency by the Lords Justices of Dublin.
The coin is an irregular polygon, stamped on both sides with the weight of a half-crown in pennyweight and grains (9dwt, 6gr).