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The first ever gold coin to be struck in the US more than 225 years ago has sold for almost three million pounds.<br />
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The gold doubloon was struck in 1787 and was the fledgling country's first ever coin intended for circulation in its emerging colonies.<br />
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Prior to its launch, settlers used foreign copper and silver coins they had brought with them or coins they had forged themselves.<br />
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But only a handful of the gold doubloons were ever made and just seven exist worldwide today.<br />
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The coin sold to a private collector for $4.5 million - around £2.8 million - when it went under the hammer.