Coin From 1652, Found in Potato Field, Sells for $430K
Sixpence is just one of 8 known to exist
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2012 4:04 PM CST

(Newser) – A silver Colonial Massachusetts coin from 1652 that was found in a potato field has been auctioned for $430,000. Newsday reports that a New York woman found the coin, one of just eight known to exist, 23 years ago with a metal detector. It garnered four times as much as auction officials expected when it was sold last week at the Colonial Coin Collectors Club in Baltimore. It was first auctioned in 1992 by Lillian King and sold to an auction house for $35,200. The man who ended up buying the coin from the auction house resold it last week for the large sum; King says she wishes she had waited to sell it.

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Nov 26, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Metal detectors are cheap!
Nov 23, 2012 10:32 PM CST
Nothing material has any value unless someone is willing to pay for it. And boy was someone willing to pay for it.
Nov 23, 2012 7:58 PM CST
When you're in a potato field keep your eyes peeled.