Coin hoard exceeds sale estimate

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A hoard of gold coins found by a builder in the cellar of an Oxfordshire flat has sold at auction for £76,360.

The 400-year-old coins, minted during James I's reign, were valued by auctioneers at about £50,000 and were found in Chipping Norton 30 years ago.

They were bought by private buyers and trade dealers in a specialist coin auction in London.

The coins were known as Unites, signifying James I's intention to unify England and Scotland, and were worth about £1 in England when they were first produced.

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