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Pictured: The coin depicts the king of England from 1135 to 1154 and his wife Matilda, the countess of Boulogne.<br />
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An extremely rare 12th century silver penny is tipped to sell for £10,000 after being discovered in a ploughed field by a metal detectorist.<br />
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Graeme Rushton, 50, from South Cumbria, was detecting at a site on the South Yorkshire/Lincolnshire border when he got a signal.<br />
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After digging down about 6ins he uncovered the Stephen and Matilda penny, depicting the king of England from 1135 to 1154 and his wife Matilda, the countess of Boulogne.<br />
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At first Graeme, who owns a metal detecting shop, did not recognise the coin, so he took it home with him for safekeeping. It was only a year later when he decided to contact the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge about it that he became aware of the significance of his discovery.<br />
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Graeme is now selling the coin, which is thought to be one of only 25 in existence, with London-based auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.