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Treasure hunter strikes gold with discovery of 700-year-old Henry III coin

Section: Daily Dispatches

By Daniel Capurro
The Telegraph, London
Sunday, January 16, 2022

A detectorist has uncovered just the eighth known example of England’s "first gold coinage,” with the piece expected to sell at auction for nea:rly half a million pounds.

The Henry III coin, minted in 1257, owes its value both to its rarity and the unique portrait of the monarch on its obverse side.

The coin carries a pre-sale estimate of L400,000 but past examples have sold for more than L500,000. It is the first of its kind found in more than 260 years.

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It was found by an anonymous treasure hunter on his first detecting trip in a decade, near Hemyock, Devon.

The finder put it on Facebook, not knowing its true value before it was spotted by an expert.

Gregory Edmund, of the auctioneer Spink, told The Telegraph he spotted the post and "immediately told the finder to take it down because I said you're going to be inundated with every man and his dog to try to buy this off you for a fraction of what it's worth/" ...

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