‘Liberty head’ quarter eagle from 1830, £140,000 at St James’s Auctions.

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One of only 4540 minted, this rare type in a near mint state was recently discovered in an old collection of coins in the UK, where it has been for nearly 200 years.

Estimated at £45,000-65,000, it sold for £140,000 at St James’s Auctions (20% buyer’s premium), on January 26.