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Gold Lennon coin sells

A unique gold version of a 2010 £5 coin from the British Channel Island of Alderney depicting Beatle John Lennon sold for $119,780, including a 24 percent value added tax.

It was sold June 29 by the Bonhams auction house in London.

The coin was specially created by the British Royal Mint for Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow.

Ono donated the coin for the benefit of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, Lennon’s hometown. The “Imagine” appeal is the beneficiary and it helps fund the hospital.

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The gold coin, which is 38 grams of .999 fine gold, is struck in proof and has a diameter of 38.6mm, virtually silver dollar size.

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