November 12, 2020 1 min read

Rare medieval silver penny found by metal detectorist sells

By Jeff Starck , Coin World,Published: Nov 9, 2020, 11 AM


An extremely rare silver penny of Baron Eustace Fitzjohn, a 12th century Yorkshire business magnate, that was recently discovered by a metal detectorist sold for £29,760 ($38,422 U.S.) on Nov. 3 in a live/online auction by Dix Noonan Webb.

It had an estimate of £10,000 to £15,000 ($12,911 to $19,366 U.S.) and the sales result includes the 24 percent buyer’s fee.

The coin, which measures 19 millimeters in diameter, (the size of a Lincoln cent) was minted in York and is one of only 20 surviving examples with this design.

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