A gold coin from 1422-27 was unearthed in Newfoundland, Canada, challenging the established history of European presence in the country.
Edward Hynes, a metal detectorist, discovered the coin on a beach in 2022. Initially, he mistook it for something ordinary.
Hynes, understanding the importance of the find, contacted the provincial government, which owns historical artifacts found within its borders.
The coin is believed to be a King Henry VI quarter noble, worth one shilling and eight pence during its time.
The coin emerged from the ground in excellent condition, almost as if it was minted recently.
This discovery questions the established timeline of European exploration in North America, predating John Cabot's arrival by 70 years.
Previously, Norse explorer Leif Erikson was thought to be the first European in North America, supported by the discovery of a Norse settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows.
The Newfoundland government commended Hynes for his contribution to preserving the province's heritage.
Experts are still investigating the origins of the coin and hint at potential future work at the discovery site.
This ancient gold coin's discovery promises to redefine Canada's early exploration history, making it an essential piece of the country's heritage.