An amateur treasure-hunter John Stoner dug up silver a 350 year old threepenny coin up in a farmer’s field. The extremely rare New England coin, bearing the date 1652, is expected to sell for up to £1million when it is auctioned. It has been hailed as one of the finest examples of a currency produced in the days of the Pilgrim Fathers in a land that would become the United States. How the 17th century threepenny coin ended up in the village of King’s Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, is not known but coin-collectors from around the world clamoured to buy it.
The silver coin, bearing the date 1652, was unearthed by the metal detector enthusiast on Sunday