Rare gold coin from 1420s discovered in Newfoundland, Canada

In summary: A guy walked into a Jewelers' Showroom in Philadelphia with a 1933 gold Double Eagle.In summary, a Henry VI quarter noble was found in Newfoundland, Canada by Edward Hynes with a metal detector. The coin is more than three times older than the nation of Canada, founded in 1867.
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Edward Hynes was scanning the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, with a metal detector when he got a signal. He dug a hole and found a shiny gold object.


Hynes later reported his disinterred treasure to the government, according to the release, and a currency expert determined the coin to be a Henry VI quarter noble. It was minted in London at some point between 1422 and 1427, meaning it is more than three times older than the nation of Canada, founded in 1867. As to how the coin made the 2,000-plus mile journey from the old world to the new, experts aren’t sure, though they say it was likely not in circulation when it was lost.

Previoulsy, a silver coin minted in Canterbury, England, during the 1490s was found in Newfoundland during 2021. The was heralded as the oldest English coin ever discovered in Canada, and possibly North America. The silver coin could have been brought by John Cabot, an Italian explorer, who is credited with being the first European to travel to Newfoundland in 1497, or by someone in his expedition.


Giovanni Caboto, or John Cabot, sailed in 1496/1497 from Bristol, England to the coast of what is now North America under the commission of Henry VII of England is the earliest-known European exploration of coastal North America since the Norse visits to Vinland in the eleventh century. Two subsequent voyages were made.

Cabot had heard stories of fabulous cities in China, and he apparently wanted to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean to China.

Is it possible someone else visited Newfoundland first, or perhaps someone in Cabot's expedition had the gold coin? Would it be feasible to have someone carry a nearly 70 year-old gold coin?
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It's part of the Oak Island treasure that or some wealthy tourist showing it off accidentally dropped it, or the guy wants to get on Antique Roadshow, and someone gave it to him "to find" loosely based on real stories online.

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watermellon sword:


The best was the little girl who dropped her mother's engagement ring on a pier into the water, and the dad swam under the pier to rescue it, and he found it.

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Coulda been the coin-collectors' convention last summer.
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Related to Rare gold coin from 1420s discovered in Newfoundland, Canada

1. What makes this gold coin rare?

This gold coin is considered rare because it was minted in the 1420s, making it over 600 years old. It is also a unique find in Newfoundland, Canada, as most coins from this time period were not circulated in this area.

2. How was this coin discovered?

The coin was discovered by a team of archaeologists during a dig in Newfoundland, Canada. It was found buried in the ground, likely lost or dropped by a traveler or merchant during the 1420s.

3. Can you provide more information about the coin's origin?

Based on the design and markings on the coin, it is believed to have been minted in Europe during the 1420s. The exact country of origin is unknown, but it is likely from a European nation with a history of exploration and trade during this time period.

4. Is this coin valuable?

Yes, this coin is considered valuable due to its rarity and historical significance. It is estimated to be worth thousands of dollars to collectors and museums.

5. What can we learn from this discovery?

This discovery provides insight into the global trade and exploration that was occurring during the 1420s. It also sheds light on the presence of travelers and merchants in Newfoundland during this time period, adding to our understanding of the region's history.

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