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1257 Gold Coin Found In England Field Worth $500k

 
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 Posted 01/21/2022  04:15 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I first heard this story from my brother in law a few days ago and had to do a search to read the article for myself.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...n-180979420/

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 Posted 01/21/2022  08:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good link, thanks.
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 Posted 01/21/2022  1:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cool!
I didn't know anything gold was being coined in England back then.
And based on the photos, it just goes to show how gold can hold up in adverse circumstances (I mean the surface quality )
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 Posted 01/21/2022  3:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating! I always love the stories of found treasures...
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Great story. Thanks for the link!
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 Posted 01/21/2022  5:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's Gold In Them Dar Fields .

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 Posted 01/22/2022  01:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I didn't know anything gold was being coined in England back then.

As the article says, this was one of the earliest. With such apparently tiny mintages, it's assumed that gold coins at this period were mainly made as presentation pieces, rather than as a functioning part of the monetary system. Though I would note that, for this specific coin type at least, someone went to all the trouble to make a pair of special gold-coin dies, rather than simply re-use the silver penny dies that most earlier gold coins had been struck from.

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And based on the photos, it just goes to show how gold can hold up in adverse circumstances (I mean the surface quality)

It's been said that if the dinosaurs had made gold coins, we'd be able to dig them up, and they'd be in just as pristine a condition. Gold simply doesn't corrode under Earth-normal environmental conditions.
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To find any gold coin in the ground would make your day . .
To find the Holy Grail of British gold coins . .

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I saw the other day it sold for $720,000
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