Metal Detectorist Discovers One of England’s Earliest Gold Coins in a Farm Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ield-could-sell-for-half-a-million-180979420/
An amateur metal detectorist unearthed a rare medieval gold coin on farmland in Devon, England, reports Sana Noor Haq for CNN Style. Coin experts speculate the 800-year-old Henry III gold penny could sell for around $546,000 at an online auction set for January 23.
Minted around 1257, the nearly one-inch coin depicts the English king, who ruled from 1216 to 1272, sitting on an ornate throne while holding an orb and scepter. It is considered by experts to be one of the earliest gold coins found in England; only seven other coins of this type are known to exist, per Nadeem Badshah of the Times.
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According to the Times, around 1240, Henry III proclaimed payments to the crown be made in gold rather than silver to fund foreign wars. The pennies were minted around 1257 by https://www.jstor.org/stable/863358?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents with gold from North Africa, writes David Carpenter, professor of medieval history at King’s College London, in the Spink & Son’s catalog.
Henry III, also known as Henry of Winchester, became king of England at nine years old after the death of King John in 1216, reported George Nixon of This Is Money in a 2021 article.
I like the term 'detectorist'. Like an astronomer is a 'star or stellar detectorist', or a experimental particle physicist is a 'particle detectorist'.