Richard III Battlefield Gold Coin Sells for $58,000

December 12th, 2012 by

Bosworth Field Richard II gold coin

CoinWeek reports that the “Bosworth Field” gold coin bearing King Richard III’s coat of arms has sold at auction for £36,000 (over $58,000) at Spinks’ ancient coin sale in London, over double the estimated price. The rare gold coin, featuring a royal coat of arms altered to include the boar emblem of Richard III, was found on the battlefield where the ill-fated king was captured and murdered.  It is believed that the coin was lost by a noble who fought in the battle, as it was worth a large sum of money when it was minted.