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Immaculate gold coin worth £100,000 emblazoned with the face of ‘the first Brexiteer’ who took Britain out of the Roman Empire in 293AD is discovered by an amateur metal detectorist

An amateur metal detectorist scouring the grounds of a field in Kent has discovered a perfectly preserved  gold coin dating back almost 2,000 years.

It is emblazoned with the face of Emperor Allectu who is being touted as the first Brexiteer after he took Britain out of the Roman Empire during his reign around 293AD.

The 24-carat gold coin, known as an Aureus, is expected to sell for £100,000 ($130,000) when it goes to auction later this year.

An anonymous hobbyist found the coin in a newly-ploughed field near an ancient Roman road in Dover, Kent.

The 30-year-old finder initially thought the coin was fake due to its condition until it weighed in at a hefty 4.31 grams – confirming its provenance.

There is just one other known matching example in in the world which resides in the British Museum.

As as result of its combination of rarity and preservation it is tipped to sell for a six-figure sum when it goes under the hammer at London auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.

The coin, the first Allectus example to be discovered in 50 years, is roughly the size of a one penny piece.

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