'I'm very lucky!' Tradie reveals where he found extremely rare coin from 1885 worth more than $2,300
A tradesman has told how he stumbled across an extremely rare coin worth more than $2300.
Wayne Ryan, 40, from Brisbane, was metal detecting in his local area on Saturday night when his machine started pinging next to a large tree.
The upholsterer quickly began digging beneath a root and pulled out an1885 gold sovereign coin featuring Queen Victoria.
'At first I thought it was just another $1 coin but once I wiped the dirt off with my thumb I dropped from my knees to my elbows,' Mr Ryan told Daily Mail Australia.
'I sung out to my partner to come over and check it out. I was dumbfounded. I couldn't believe that coin had been chosen to be found by me.'
The Sovereign Victoria Young Head St George coin is made from 22 carat gold and was minted in Sydney in 1885.
It is one of only1,486,000 sovereign coins issued in the New South Wales city that year.
Sovereigns were issued for Queen Victoria in almost every year from 1838 to 1901, with three main head designs and two reverse designs.
Mr Ryan's coin, with the Young Head and St George on the reverse, was produced from 1871 to 1887 in Sydney, Melbourne and London.
瑞安先生的硬币，背面是Young Head和St George，于1871年至1887年在悉尼、墨尔本和伦敦生产。
The price for the 1885 coin starts at $1,030 but, in good condition, can fetch more than $3,000.
Mr Ryan, who runs Facebook group Virgin Grounds Metal Detecting, said it very rare for people to find gold sovereigns with metal detectors.
运营Facebook集团Virgin Ground Metal Detecting的瑞安表示，人们用金属探测器发现黄金主权的情况非常罕见。
'It is a massive bucket list item in the metal detecting world,' he said.
'There are not many of them out there, I'm very lucky.'
The father said it was the biggest discovery he has unearthed during his two years as a metal detecting hobbyist.
Like all of his other coins, he plans to keep the prized collectible framed in a case.