A penny of the nineteenth century, which miraculously saved the life of a British soldier, must be auctioned next week.
The penny belonged to Private John Trickett, who kept him in the top pocket of his uniform as a "poignant reminder of his home" during the war, reports SWNS. In 1914, while fighting German forces on a French battlefield, a German soldier shot Trickett. The bullet touched the coin, nestled tightly in Trickett's chest pocket, ricocheted through her nose and came out of her ear, said Maureen Coulson, Trickett's granddaughter.
"All of our family members have seen the penny and heard about how it saved my grandfather's life," Coulson said in comments collected by SWNS. "He had to go home because of the injury, he damaged his left side and left him deaf in his left ear, which also affected his balance."
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The penny was manufactured in 1889 and was passed down from generation to generation in the Trickett family.
Coulson added that his grandfather's two brothers died during the First World War and that he probably enrolled in the war, while he was a minor at the time . "We think it's likely that he enlisted in the army when he was a minor, he looked older than him," she said.
With its British War Medal and Victory Medal, the penny will be sold on March 22 at the Derbyshire Hanson Auctioneers. He has an estimate before the sale of 100 to 200 pounds sterling (133 to 266 dollars).
Adrian Stevenson, Militaria expert, who found the piece, said: "It seems to me that a pistol bullet hit the penny closely. I came across many stories of random objects saving the lives of soldiers, but I have never seen anything like it before. "
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Trickett was honorably released from the Northamptonshire Regiment on September 7, 1918, shortly before the end of the war. About 40 million people died during the First World War, making it one of the most lethal wars in history.
Coulson, 63, noted that her grandfather was a "very good guy" and was going to marry Clementine, Coulson's grandmother. He worked as postmaster and switchboard operator and became the father of 8 children before his death in 1962.
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"I remember him, it's strange to think that without this penny his children would not be born and I would not be here."