14th century English coin found in southern Maine

A woman walking along the shore of the Neddick River in southern Maine (USA) came acorss an unusual find - a 14th century penny, likely minted in Canturbury, England.

Upon finding the coin, the woman initially thought it was a piece of pottery and then a religious medallion. The penny was kept for several months before it was passed on to a college professor for evaluation.

There are several theories on how the coin got there. The area has a sea-faring past that goes back for centuries. The penny may have been deposited with ballast that was picked up in England. Or it may have simply been a lucky charm that fell out of a sailor's pocket.

The coin dates to the reign of either Edward I or II and is being donated to a local museum.