RNLI keen to trace owner of rare coin donated on flag day

Members of the RNLI Durham branch receiving their National Supporter award at this years regional ceremony in York. From left, chairman Jim McNab, volunteer Allan Brooks, committee member Michelle Donnelly, treasurer Richie Leonard, and secretary David Hastings. Pic: RNLI, Adrian Don.
Members of the RNLI Durham branch receiving their National Supporter award at this years regional ceremony in York. From left, chairman Jim McNab, volunteer Allan Brooks, committee member Michelle Donnelly, treasurer Richie Leonard, and secretary David Hastings. Pic: RNLI, Adrian Don.
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A coin with a difference was found after an RNLI collection day in Durham.

The city's branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was surprised to find a several-hundred-year-old coin in its donation box after a Flag Day collection on October 3.

Volunteers were delighted that the collection raised more than £1,000 - but were amazed to find a very old and possibly rare silver coin among the donated money.

David Hastings, honorary secretary of the RNLI Durham branch, explained: ‘We were thrilled when we counted the money and found that the public had been overwhelmingly generous in donating £1,276.05 to our charity.

"We were equally thrilled and even gobsmacked to find the unusual silver coin.

‘We want to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who contributed to our collection.

"We also extend sincere thanks to the person who donated the silver coin, but want to ensure that they didn’t place it into our collection accidentally, along with their spare change.

"We’d hate it if someone had lost their prized lucky charm or historic family heirloom.’

"As a branch we’ve recently enjoyed good fortune when we received an RNLI Supporter Award at a regional ceremony in York.

"The Flag Day collection has also helped us to reach over £16,000, which is the largest amount ever collected by our branch in a single year, ensuring that our charity can continue to save lives at sea.

"It seems only fitting then that we give the coin’s owner the chance to claim back their possible lucky talisman."

Anyone who has accidentally donated the coin can contact David Hastings via email at david@1066.com.

The coin will only be handed over if a full description can be provided.