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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 19

EDWARD III DOUBLE LEOPARD GOLD COIN SETS AUCTION RECORD

According to a report in The Scotsman Friday, "A 14th-century
gold coin found in a field in southern England by a man with a
metal detector fetched 460,000 at auction yesterday - a world
record price for any British coin.

The Edward III "double leopard" - worth six shillings when struck
in 1344 - was bought at Spink's in London for the Isle of Man coin
fund Avarae Global Coins."

"The price eclipsed the previous world auction record, established
in 2004 for Britain's first gold penny, struck for King Coenwulf
of Mercia (796-821). That fetched 230, 000."

The coin, depicting the king and two leopards, was only issued
for a few months and is so rare that only two others are known -
found together by schoolchildren on the River Tyne in 1857."

To read the completer article, see: Full Story

Arthur Shippee forwarded a link to another article on the topic,
this one from the BBC.  It includes an image of the coin.
More Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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