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04:05  15 march  2019
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Image caption These coins saved Belgian soldier Optatius Buyssens' s life . These coins both endangered and saved the life of a soldier in World War One . Shot after the noise of them "clinging together in his breast pocket gave his position away the bullet that should have killed him

World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW 1 ), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

A coin that saved a British soldier’s life when it deflected an enemy bullet in World War I is to be sold.

The penny was in Private John Trickett’s breast pocket when it stopped the shot piercing his heart during fighting in 1918, reports the BBC.

After being knocked off its trajectory, the bullet ricocheted up his nose before it exited through the back of his ear.

Coin that saved World War I soldier’s life to be sold© AP/AAP Private John Trickett and the lucky penny that deflected an enemy bullet and saved his life in World War I.

The incident left the soldier deaf in his left ear.

Now the dented 1889 penny is to be sold by Hansons Auctioneers in northern England.

Private Trickett’s granddaughter, Maureen Coulson, said: "Everyone in our family saw the penny and heard the story of how it saved my grandfather's life.”

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Belgian soldier Optatius Buyssens narrowly survived being shot in World War I . 'He was very lucky since the bullet that should have killed him ricocheted off of the coins , thus saving his life . 'He got kicked in the head by the German soldier who shot him, but tricked the soldier into thinking he was

Vincent Buyssens, who lives in Antwerp, Belgium, said the coins stopped a bullet and saved his great-grandfather’ s life . The German soldier who shot him kicked his head and Optatius Buyssens pretended to be dead. Once the soldier walked away, Buyssens and another comrade crawled to

Coin that saved World War I soldier’s life to be sold© AP/AAP The enemy bullet struck the coin near Queen Victoria's head on the British coin.

After he left the army, he married Mrs Coulson’s  grandmother and they had eight children.

"It's strange to think that, but for that penny, his children would not have been born and I wouldn't be here,” she said.

Militaria expert Adrian Stevenson said the bullet that struck the coin was probably from a short-range pistol shot.

"I've come across many stories of random objects saving soldiers' lives but I've never seen anything like this before."

The coin is due to be sold on March 22 along with other items from Private Trickett’s war service.

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