Discover 1,000-year-old coins
One of these coins was a silver penny for the brief reign of Harold II in 1066. This coin is from the time of Henry. Two British teenagers also discovered a pair of rare, 1,000-year-old coins separated by a metal detector.
According to a statement from Hanson Auctioneers, which is set to present the coins in the upcoming sale, 16-year-old Walter Taylor – who first started metal detecting at the age of 4 – was found in an area in south Essex in 1106. Got silver money.
Pickering says that “I didn’t expect to come across such a rare and remarkable coin,” and now I can’t imagine ever finding something so special again. I silver penny is one of three known to survive today, reported Daniel Hickey for the Eastern Daily Press.
Coins minted during Harold’s reign are rare, as the Anglo-Saxon king had only reigned for nine months at that time. And in 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England, defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings, and began a century of Norman rule.
Jeff Stark of Coin World notes that since the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016, the demand for coins from Harold’s reign has increased. To commemorate the occasion, the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom issued a 50 pence coin based on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
In January 2019, a group of friends searching a field in Somerset discovered a hoard of 2,528 coins bearing the likeness of both Harold and his successor, William. Pickering isn’t the only metal detectorist to stumble upon the Harold coin in recent years.
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