Stunning Roman gold coin found in Somerset.

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The immaculate coin bears the head of Constantine The Great - The first Christian Emperor of the Roman world.<br />
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1600 year old coin looks as good as new...<br />
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A determined metal detectorist is set to make a small fortune after uncovering an extremely historic and rare Roman gold coin.<br />
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The 4th century AD treasure, carrying the portrait of Constantine I, was found a foot below the surface of a field near Wanstrow, Somerset.<br />
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Constantine was proclaimed Emperor whilst on campaign in York in 306 AD, after the death of his father Constantius - he then took several years to defeat other claiments to the title before uniting the entire Empire and embracing the cult of christianity. <br />
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The gold solidus is one of the first examples of this type to be unearthed in this country, and was discovered close to a Roman road once used for transporting mined lead ore.<br />
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Now, the lucky detectorist is selling it at auction with Dix Noonan Webb, of London, who expect it to fetch over £12,000.