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Two teens separately find 1,000-yr-old coins

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This summer, two British teenagers wielding metal detectors separately discovered a pair of rare, 1,000-year-old coins.

Per a statement from Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers, which is set to feature the coins in an upcoming sale, 17-year-old Reece Pickering unearthed a silver Saxon penny dated to 1066 while treasure hunting in Norfolk this August. The following month, 16-year-old Walter Taylor—who first started metal detecting when he was 4 years old—found an 1106 silver penny in a field in South Essex.

“I wasn’t expecting to come across such a scarce and remarkable coin,” says Pickering in the statement. “… I can’t imagine finding something as special as this again. You just never know what’s beneath your feet.”

Pickering’s Harold II silver penny is one of just three known to survive today, reports Daniel Hickey for the Eastern Daily Press. It’s expected to sell for around £2,500 to £3,000 (roughly $3,290 to $4,000 USD).

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-teens-discovered-thousand-year-old-coins-using-metal-detectors-180976103/

https://hansonsauctioneers.co.uk/blog/2020/10/teen-metal-detectorists-find-coins-from-1000-years-ago-which-could-net-thousands-at-auction

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Update:

Coins dating back nearly 1,000 years – found by two teenage metal detectorists - have sold for thousands of pounds at auction.

https://hansonsauctioneers.co.uk/blog/2020/10/teen-metal-detectorists-ancient-coins-one-from-1066-sell-for-thousands-at-hansons

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