Most Valuable Coin Found in US with Metal Detector Up For Auction

October 31st, 2012 by

1652 New England SixpenceCoinWeek alerts us to a unique lot scheduled for auction at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo November 15-18: the most valuable coin ever found in the U.S. by someone using a metal detector.

This 1652 New England sixpence was minted in Boston, and found in a Long Island potato field in 1991 by Lillian P. Rade. There are only seven 1652 New England sixpence know to exist, and three of those are in museums. This will be the first time one has been offered at auction since this same coin sold for $35,000 in 1991. This time around, coin experts expect it to go for at least $100,000.

I think I’ll ask Santa for a metal detector this Christmas!