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Exceptionally rare gold coin worth 100k found in pristine condition


A metal detector enthusiast made the discovery of a lifetime while searching on a freshly ploughed farm field near a historical Roman road in Dover, Kent.  As the 30-year-old detectorist removed the dirt from the shiny find, his initial reaction was that it must be a fake, as it was in absolute pristine condition.
Following authentication by the British Museum, it was confirmed that he found an exceptionally rare 24 carat Aureus coin, embellished with the face of Emperor Allectus who reigned during 293 AD, which dates it back to almost 2000 years ago.

The finder said 'At first I was quite skeptical of its authenticity because it was so shiny but when I realized what it could be potentially I just completely freaked out by it.'

The coin is approximately the size of a modern one penny and weighs 4.31 grams.  Displayed on one side is the head of Allectus and on the other, that of two captives kneeling at the feet of Apollo.

The only other known specimen of this coin in in the world is currently displayed at the British Museum. None of them have been found in the past 50 years. Due to it's rarity and perfectly preserved condition, it is believed to sell for £100,000 ($130,000) when it goes on auction. Britain's Treasure Act states that a single gold coin is not considered a treasure, therefore it is not required to notify the coroner and may be placed on auction.


 
                       

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