An Anglo-Saxon coin discovered by a metal detectorist is set to fetch up to £200,000 [$277,791.37] at auction.
It was unearthed by a metal detectorist at West Dean, on the Wiltshire and Hampshire border, in March 2020.
Experts say it is the only late Anglo-Saxon gold coin in private hands, with 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.
This coin probably represents a mancus, a gold denomination that first appeared in central and northern Italy, but was current in England already before the year 800.
02 Aug 2021