On Saturday 3rd April, local lass Katil MacDonald of Glenelg was exploring on the shingle foreshore below Eilean Donan when she made a most interesting find, an old English silver coin.
The coin has been reliably dated to 1743 and has probably lain where Katil found it for over 250 years. Who dropped it and how? Perhaps even the Bonnie Prince on his wanderings after Culloden?!
We will never know, but let your imagination run riot for a moment or two and conjure up your own wee story!
Postscript: Antique coin expert Trevor Hellen, from Bristol, has examined the coin and provided us with some detailed information on it.
It is a Shilling dated 1743 and contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. The four shields shown in our photograph are as follows:
- the 3 Lions of England on the left, the Lion Rampant of Scotland on the right.
- the Fleur de Lys of France (apparently, we still claimed France up until 1837!).
- the Harp of Ireland.
- the Arms of the Hanoverian Kings, George I, II, III, IV and William IV.
In the centre is the Star of the Garter. On the obverse is the laurated bust of George II.
The edge of the coin has been diagonally milled to prevent little pieces of silver being clipped off, as was standard practice!
Photo: Jon McRae 2004