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Scotland, Robert the Bruce, silver Penny, ex Drayton Hoard

Scotland, Robert the Bruce (1306-29), silver Penny, crowned head left, sceptre before, beaded circles and legend surrounding, +:ROBERTVS: DEI: GRA:, rev. long cross pattée, pierced mullet of five points in each quarter, beaded circles SCO TOR Vm R EX+, weight 1.35g (Burns 1, fig 225; S.5076). Dark tone with lightly corroded surfaces, identifying details clear, fine with an interesting hoard provenance.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on obverse "Robert by the grace of God, and on the reverse as " King of Scotland."

Edward Burns in his book on the Scottish Coinage published in 1887 mentions that the Scottish sculptor Andrew Currie (1812-91) used the facial portrait from one of these coins of this variety to influence as a model his statue of Robert the Bruce sculpted 1876-77 which stands at Stirling today.

Provenance:

Ex Drayton Hoard - Treasure case 2009 T756; PAS: BERK-A67006.

This hoard only came to light when offered at a car boot sale in Drayton Oxfordshire consisting of over a kilo of medieval money with some residue of the original pottery container. Interestingly it was declared treasure without any findspot becoming known and conserved and cleaned up by the specialist staff at the British Museum. The coins were eventually returned to the owner as the Museum did not have time or resources to study them further though the hoard was published in the British Numismatic Journal volume 82 by Nick Mayhew in 2012, pages 244-47. The hoard was deposited around 1353 with the latest coin being a York Penny of Edward III and probably a northern area hoard as it contained 34 Scottish issues. The most unusual coins in the hoard were the two pennies of Robert the Bruce of which this is one. The hoard was sold through St James Auction 59 on 26th April 2022, and this coin was lot 334.

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