A MAN who discovered two rare medieval coins has told why the find was extra special.

Detectorist Rob Thompson, 61, admitted he was “flabbergasted” when he discovered the artefacts stacked on top of each other in 2021.

The two coins were found stacked on top of each other at Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire

3

The two coins were found stacked on top of each other at Sutton Cheney in LeicestershireCredit: BNPS
Rob Thompson found the coins 500 years after they were buried

3

Rob Thompson found the coins 500 years after they were buriedCredit: BNPS

Rob found the items at Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire, close to the area where the hunchback King Richard III was killed in 1485 during the Battle of Bosworth.

The “exceptional” coins have now gone under the hammer, selling for £13,500 at auction, rising to £17,000 with fees.

The fetched amount will be shared between Rob and the landowner.

The detectorist admitted finding something hidden for half a millenium was a proud accomplishment.

read more in money

“It was special to think I was the first person to hold these coins in over 500 years,” he said.

Essex Coin Auctions, which led the auction, said the coins were likely stacked and hidden immediately before the battle for safekeeping.

Auctioneer Adam Staples said: “We are really happy with the sale. It’s a high price but these are exceptional coins.

“It was just amazing to hold them in my hand.

Most read in Money

“I was thrilled when I heard Rob had found them, and I’m even more thrilled now.”

It comes after a rare gold coin has hit auction for £100k but there maybe a bit of an obstacle taking it to the shops.

The colossal coin made to honour Queen Elizabeth II is set to fetch the whopping price when it goes under the hammer at auction.

Elsewhere, a new festive coin celebrating The Snowman has been launched by The Royal Mint.

It is the first of the Mint’s collectable 50p coins celebrating The Snowman to feature the official coinage portrait of King Charles.

The 2023 design tells the magical story of a young boy called James who builds a snowman that comes to life.

The hunchbank King Richard III died in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth

3

The hunchbank King Richard III died in 1485 at the Battle of BosworthCredit: Alamy

This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

You May Also Like

Discount supermarket with 300 stores to abruptly close shop in weeks – shoppers fear it’ll leave a ‘ghost town’

A DISCOUNT supermarket with more than 300 stores will abruptly close another…

Lucky OAP who won £3million London pad in a raffle is sticking with her modest four-bed semi

A MUM who won a plush £3million pad is sticking with her…

Our neighbour built eyesore extension that we hate… now they could get to keep it

RESIDENTS are fuming after their neighbour may be allowed to keep an…

When will pubs reopen in 2021?

BRITS might not have to wait too long before they’ll be able…