A shilling coin from 1652 that was made in Boston could be worth $300,000.
The coin is considered to be the finest example of the roughly 40 such coins known to still exist, according to auctioneer Morton & Eden Ltd. It is going up for auction next month after it was found inside a candy tin in the United Kingdom, The Associated Press reported.
The Hon Wentworth Beaumont told Yahoo he doesn’t know anything about coins but decided to have them check out when he found his father’s tin.
“I could hardly believe my eyes when I realized that it was an excellent example of a New England shilling, struck by John Hull in 1652 in Boston for use as currency by early settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony,” James Morton, the auctioneer’s coin specialist, told The AP.
Other coins in the auction include a Massachusetts “Pine Tree” shilling, two examples of “Continental Currency” pewter dollars dated 1776, a “Libertas Americana” bronze medal and several British hammered gold coins, Yahoo reported.
The auction will be on Nov. 26.
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