Teen metal detectorists scoop £7,000 after unearthing rare 1,000-year-old coins

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Two teenage metal detectorists have scooped a total of £7,000 after unearthing rare 1000-year-old coins.

Reece Pickering, 16, stumbled across a bent coin hidden under the soil in a field in Norfolk while metal detecting with his dad.

He and dad Jonny Crowe took it to a museum where experts confirmed it was a Harold II silver penny dating back to 1066 – the year of the Battle of Hastings.

Incredibly, it is the only penny of its kind to exist in Britain.

The 954-year-old coin features the head of Harold who was the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England before his death at the famous battle.

It sold for £4,000 when it went under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on Monday.

Reece, who has since turned 17 and is a catering apprentice, said: “It was pretty special to find.

“I wasn’t expecting to come across such a scarce and remarkable coin. It’s a day I will remember forever.

“I can’t imagine finding something as special as this again. You just never know what’s beneath your feet.”

He and dad Jonny, 41, who live in Great Yarmouth, found the coin while metal detecting in a field in Topcroft, near Bungay, in August.

Jonny, a welder, said: “The day Reece found it we were out metal detecting in a couple of farmer’s fields.

“We’d only come across rubbish. The next minute I heard Reece shouting and waving from the other side of the field.

“I went over and there he was with his find. He kicked the dirt away, picked up the coin and gave it a wipe. We knew it was special.

“We put it up for ID and it turned out to be a rare Cambridge mint Harold II penny.”

Harold II was the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England and he reigned from

January 6, 1066 until his death at the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066.

Meanwhile, Walter Taylor, 16, was 15 when he found a silver Henry I penny from 1106 in a field in south Essex.

His coin, dating back 914 years was sold for £3,000.

Adam Staples, Historica expert at Hansons, said: “We’re delighted with the results – and for the boys.

“They were two exceptional finds that deserved to do well. As a metal detectorist myself, I know how exciting it feels to make discoveries like this.”