Hello, was out detecting today and came across four small coins in the radius of no more than 1.5metres of each other. when they came out of the ground they looked like just 4 dirty discs and thought it must of been a collection of 2p's and 1p's which are badly oxidised and London earth is very acidic. It was only when I started to clean them I became rather confused.
Coin 1 is a definite silver which is a George I shilling(Spink 3645)however I would question its authenticity as it looks very crudely made.
Coin 2(2.5cm,looks like copper) seems to show the head of Queen Victoria, and the writing style would fit with the period however the reverse shows a basic shield with three lions and I can only make out the work Twenty.
Coin 3(2.5cm, looks like copper) im still in the process of cleaning but so far shows Britannia surrounded by beading then surrounded with what looks to be Victorian style text but so far have been unable to decipher it. There is something on the observe but still in the process of cleaning.
The fourth and final coin puzzled me the most(2.1cm, looks like copper), it clearly shows the number 20 reasonably large which is then surrounded buy text matching the third coin but is still un-readable just like the observe.
I have gone through my copy of Spink and so far have drawn blanks to what these could be, possible trading tokens did come to mind. These coins were all found at the same depth and all very close to each other, to me it seems strange to find coins varying in age.(roughly 100 years) During the Victorian period would 18th century silver coins still be legal tender even though they are 100 years out of date? and if anyone has any idea to what these coins are that would be great. I will get some pictures up however they will most probably just look like black metal discs as detail is only visable by wetting the coins and viewing through a magnifying glass.