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Rare gold coin unearthed in field

Gold coin found by the couple
The coin could be worth 2,000

A woman has struck gold after finding a 22 carat coin dating to the reign of Henry VIII.

Louisa Bottomley, from Overton on the Shropshire/Wales border, found the coin in a field in Suffolk during a metal detecting weekend with her partner.

It was the first time she had ever used a metal detector and said she could not believe her luck.

The couple said they were planning to keep the shilling - valued at up to 2,000 - as a family heirloom.

The coin was discovered in a field in Great Bealings, near Woodbridge, Suffolk on 24 February.

It has not been professionally valued but reference books show it is a Crown of the Double Rose dating to between 1509 and 1547 when Henry VIII was married to Katherine of Aragon.

One book estimates it could be worth as much as 2,000.




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