Crudely Holed Coins

“Because of the crudeness of the hole and deformation of the metal the real answer to the rough holes is probably to do with the Great Recoinage of 1696, one of the greatest monetary events in history” . . .


In August 2009 I wrote a short article in The Searcher magazine about crudely holed coins and in 2015 used it – with additional content – in my old blog. When embarking on this new site I was asked if I’d post the blog again because it was informative and very useful. Alas, it was deleted and is now floating around the blogosphere. However, I retained a few notes and, with the help of Wayback Machine, have compiled another that is a more comprehensive blog than the original.

Before I start you may be interested to know that the holed George V gold half sovereign shown below was sold at auction in 2019 for £85.  Buying a 1911 coin  today – classed as VF – you would expect to pay around £260. For a proof example, the value could be nearer £950. 

George V gold half sovereign – 1911

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The Mizpah Brooch

Mizpah means ‘The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another’.


The Mizpah  brooch is a symbol of hope for separated sweethearts and was found by a Detectorist. The jewellery was fashioned in various forms – rings, bangles and lockets and popular in the early 20th century. The general popularity of brooches at this time, as well as the need to accommodate a six-letter word, made them the most popular choice for women. They also offered the opportunity to include sentimental symbols, such as a pair of hearts representing two people united by love, as well as ivy leaves, signifying the closely binding ties of affection.

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