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Rare gold coin found in field near Rugby expected to sell for up to £15,000 at auction

http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/rare-gold-coin-found-in-field-near-rugby-expected-to-sell-for-up-to-15-000-at-auction-1-8250201

A rare gold coin dating from the brief reign of Richard III has been found by a metal detectorist just a few miles from Bosworth Field where the king famously met his death in combat in 1485.

It is possible that the Half Angel discovered by Michelle Vall from Blackpool at Monks Kirby near Rugby may have belonged to one of Richard’s soldiers fleeing from the battle that changed the course of English history.

The Half Angel, one of just a handful surviving from Richard’s two-year reign, is to be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals and jewellery specialists, in London on December 13. It is expected to fetch up to £15,000 in the auction of coins, historical medals and paper money. “This is a very rare discovery that has miraculously survived in a Warwickshire field for more than five centuries,” said Christopher Webb, head of the coins department at Dix Noonan Webb. “Its importance as a coin is enhanced by the tantalising possibility that it may have belonged to one of Richard’s army whose defeat at Bosworth ended the Wars of the Roses and ushered in the Tudor dynasty.”

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