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Discovery of 700-year-old Henry III coin


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A detectorist has uncovered just the eighth known example of England’s “first gold coinage”, with the piece expected to sell at auction for nearly 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 £400,000 but past examples have sold for more than £500,000. It is the first of its kind found in more than 260 years.

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


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