An Anglo-Saxon coin discovered by a metal detectorist could sell for as much as £200,000 at auction. The Gold Penny, or Mancus of 30 Pence, was unearthed by a treasure hunter at West Dean, on the Wiltshire and Hampshire border, in March 2020. It was struck during the time of Ecgberht, King of the West Saxons between 802 and 839 and experts say it is the only late Anglo-Saxon gold coin in private hands. A total of eight other specimens held in institutions – seven at the British museum. The coin, which weighs 4.82g, is expected to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000 at a sale of coins and historical medals by auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb on September 8. The Gold Penny was found in March 2020 ( Image: PA) Peter Preston-Morley, head of the coin department at Dix Noonan Webb, said: "It is very exciting to see this coin, gold coins of this monarch were completely unknown until this one was found." Analysis of the coin was performed in June 2021 and show it is made from "high-purity gold", with small levels of silver and copper, he said. "This composition is consistent with that of natural gold which has been… Read full this story
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