Gold Tudor coin found in a field may fetch up to £15,000 at auction

A GOLD Tudor coin found in a field could fetch £15,000 at auction.

The “extremely rare” Queen Mary half-angel — then worth five shillings — dates from 1553 to 1554.

It was struck for Henry VIII’s daughter Mary I, and was unearthed by a metal detectorist on farmland in Leicestershire.

Valuer William Hayward said: “It’s an incredible find and in good quality for its age. 

“Queen Mary brought English coins back to the sterling standard.

“She struck all her gold coins at the more traditional fineness of 0.995 rather than some of the debased coins made during the reign of her half-brother Edward VI and her father Henry VIII.”

It will be auctioned by Hansons in Etwall, Derbys, on October 26.

Mary I (1516-1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was Queen from July 1553 until her death.

She was the only child of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to survive to adulthood.

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