Ancient Gold Coin Found in Field Sells for Nearly $700,000

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Ancient Gold Coin Found in Field Sells for Nearly $700,000

Postby PinkDiamond » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:33 pm

Wow! Everyone is shocked that this coin sold for 5 times the estimated selling price, and there are only 24 of these coins known of. I imagine this guy is back in that field looking for more treasure. I would! :)

Ancient Gold Coin Found in Field Sells for Nearly $700,000
June 14, 2019 by Rob Bates


"On June 6, a gold coin that dates back to ancient Rome which was discovered in a field earlier this year by a man with a metal detector sold at auction for £552,000 (about $695,000), auction house Dix Noonan Webb said.

That is five times the coin’s original £70,000–£100,000 estimate. The rare find attracted fierce bidding over the phone and online.

The 4.31-gram coin is described as little bigger than a penny. It is believed to date back to A.D. 293–296, to the reign of Roman-British emperor Allectus. Known as an aureus, just 24 such coins are known to exist.

The coin was found in March by a 30-year-old man with a metal detector who, along with his brother, had been searching for treasure for the past seven years in a plowed field in Kent, England.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said in a statement, “I cannot believe it, we are ecstatic! We expected it to sell for a little over estimate, but not five times the estimate.” According to reports, he originally believed the coin was a fake.

The finder said he was sharing the money with the farmer who owns the field. The farmer is also “thrilled,” he said.

Both sides of the rare Roman coin, one of only 24 in the world, that was found in a field by a man with a metal detector.

Said Christopher Webb, director and head of Dix Noonan Webb’s coin department, in the same statement: “As well as being one of the world’s most ... " ... -334329457
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