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19th century Australian coin discovered in charity shop sells for £7.5K

A 19th Century Australian coin discovered by a coin enthusiast in a charity shop has been sold at auction for £7,500.

Oxfam volunteer John Turner, 70, found the coin while looking through a bag of coins that had been donated to the Oxfam shop in High Street, Orpington.

Mr Turner lives in Bromley and works at the Oxfam in High Street, Bromley, but regularly visits the charity shop’s nine other branches across South London.

The coin was a Australian New South Wales Fifteen Pence dating from 1813.

On Wednesday, the coin was sold at Noonans auction house in Mayfair for a hammer price of £7,500 in a sale of Coins and Historical Medals.

It was estimated to fetch £5,000-7,000 and was bought by a dealer from the USA. 

After the sale, Mr Turner said: “As a volunteer of nearly 10 years, it is not every day you make discoveries like these.”

“When I first found the coin, I had no idea what it was, but I am so glad I persevered with the research. 

“I am thrilled that it has sold at such a brilliant price – especially knowing that all the money raised will go towards Oxfam.”

Pictured top: The coin which has sold for £7,500 (Picture: Oxfam)


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