Numismatist robbed at home

Coins with an estimated value of £160,000 (€200,000) have been stolen from the home of a Norfolk coin collector in the village of Swanton Morley.

The cache of stolen coins include a very rare 1642 Triple Unite, which at the time of its minting was the highest value coin in England worth 60 shillings – or three pounds at the time. It’s rarity stems from the fact that it was only produced during the English Civil War.

The most recent sale of a 1642 Triple Unite was valued at £45,000 (€56,250). The gold coin is a magnificent example of hammered coinage and shows King Charles 1 holding a sword and an olive branch, signifying his wish for peace rather than war.

Other coins in the treasure trove include two Henry VIII Sovereigns; a James Rose Royal; an Elizabeth I Sovereign; a 1692 William and Mary Five Guinea; a 1678 Five Guinea; and a 1679 Five Guinea.

The suspected thief visited the coin collector to possibly buy one of the coins which had been advertised for sale. The owner was interrupted by a telephone call during which the thief ran out of the house with the coin collection.

Norwich Police describe the suspect as a white man and aged between 30 and 34.

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