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Rare gold coin sells for 20,000

Gold coin
The coin is about the size of a 20p piece

A rare gold coin, dating from about 830 to 850 AD, has been sold at auction in Suffolk for nearly 20,000.

The coin, which is about the size of a 20p piece, was among the possessions of a road-worker from the King's Lynn area of Norfolk who had died.

His daughter took the Western European gold solidus coin to a valuation day at auctioneers Lockdales in November 2008.

Lockdales sold it in Ipswich on Sunday for 19,300. It had been estimated to sell for up to 10,000.

A spokesman for the auctioneers said the owners of the coin, who wanted to remain anonymous, had no idea it was of any value.

They took it to the valuation day on the off-chance it might be of interest.

"This is our personal record price achieved for a single coin at auction, and it is a great result for the couple who own it," the spokesman said.

The coin is thought to have found its way to Anglo-Saxon England through trade.

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