Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

United Kingdom

Rare King Henry III gold coin could fetch £500,000 at auction for lucky finder

Spink & Son

A metal detectorist has found a Henry III gold coin minted 765 years ago.

The coin is expected to fetch more than £500,000 when it comes up for auction.

The piece is only one of eight known examples.

The last one was found 260 years ago.


A man with a metal detector found the gold coin near Hemyock in Devon.

He put it on Facebook not realising that it was incredibly rare.

However, expert Gregory Edmund from the coin dealer’s Spink spotted the coin.

Mr Edmund said:

“I immediately told the finder to take it down because you’re going to be inundated with every man and his dog to try trying to buy this off you for a fraction of what it’s worth”.

Mr Edmund and the finder took the coin to be assessed by the British Museum.

The finder, who doesn’t want to be named, said:

“The coin was found in an unappealing field and could quite easily have never been recovered.

“Now it is protected for future generations to enjoy, and it is truly humbling that I was its finder.

“My wish that day came true, and I just happened to be the fortunate one.

“I feel I have to apologise to all those other detectorists who search and dream.”

Because it is a single coin and not part of a hoard the finder is allowed to keep it.

It will be sold later this month (January) with an estimate of £400,000.






Latest Tweets


You May Also Like

United Kingdom

Film director Ridley Scott has recalled the death of actor Oliver Reed while making the Oscar winning blockbuster Gladiator. Scott said hard-drinking Reed “just...


The controversial Russian businessman Viktor Baturin, well-known for his years-long counterstanding with his wealthy sister Elena, widow of Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, is likely...

United Kingdom

The Tremeloes. Dave Munden centre Dave Munden the Tremeloes drummer – and often lead singer – with the 60s chart toppers has died. He...

United Kingdom

The Watneys Party Seven is making a comeback. The ubiquitous 70s beer was a bland fizzing bitter ridiculed by many. The drink’s insipidness helped...