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Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Findspot of 13th-century coins, Caithness


Twenty seven 13th-century coins discovered by means of metal detecting.

Grid Reference:ND 31 59
Map Sheet:ND35NW
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG55502

Full description

In February 2012 the John O'Groat Journal reported that nine coins had been discovered by a metal detectorist. They are believed to date to 1279 and include five silver, hammered Edward I coins. Four other coins are engraved with the head of King Alexander III of Scotland. Such finds are not rare, although it is more signficant where a number of coins are found together as in this case. <1>

A further eighteen coins were found at the same location a few days later. All the coins were found within a square metre of ground. <2>

<1> Clark, W, 03/02/2012, Ancient coins found in Caithness (Text/Publication/Article/Newspaper Article). SHG25644.

<2> John O' Groat Journal, 08/02/2012, More coins at site of treasure hunter's find (Text/Publication/Article/Newspaper Article). SHG25645.

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