The family of a late steeplejack are celebrating today after his collection of coins sold for £2.8m.

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Pictured: Elizabeth I, Pattern Groat, 1601, in gold with an estimate of £15,000, sold for £480,000.<br />
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The family of a late steeplejack are celebrating today after his incredible collection of rare coins sold for a whopping £2.8m.<br />
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The 52 coins from the Tudor and Stuart periods were amassed by prolific collector Horace Hird over 50 years.<br />
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He died in 1973 and it had been presumed he had sold all his coins while he was still alive. But a descendant found dozens of them still wrapped with their paperwork dating back to the 1960s.