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January 16, 2017 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A gold coin originally discovered by a couple who were walking their dog, is to be sold at auction in January, by a relative of the owners.

The couple were walking on Loe Bar beach, which is around half a mile in length, when they spotted the coin in 1996. The shingle beach is situated close to Helston, in Cornwall, in a location which is well known for its dangerous currents and treacherous waves. Experts believe that the coin may have washed ashore from one of the many shipwrecks that has occurred at the Lizard Peninsula over the last few centuries.

The coin, which is around 600 years old, dates back to the reign of the King of Aragon, Ferdinand I, from 1380 to 1416. The king was also the ruler of Sardinia and Sicily. The gold ducat bears the letter ‘T’ at the left side of the king’s head, which refers to mintmaster Giancarlo Tramontano, who the Argonese rulers appointed as Naples last mintmaster. The diameter of the coin is 22mm. The value of the coin has been estimated between £500 and £800, and will feature at Barbara Kirk’s auction on 17th January 2017 in Penzance.

The person who buys the rare gold coin may want to display it as a conversation starter, possibly as part of a collection. One possibility is to purchase an antique cabinet from a reputable antiques dealer, to enhance the display. Antique furniture is often used for display purposes by collectors.

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