Antiques Roadshow guest shaken as he learns truth behind granddad's medal for lifesaving rescue | The Sun

A GUEST on Antiques Roadshow was left visibly shocked after his relative's medal was valued on the show.

During Sunday's instalment of the popular BBC show, expert Mark Smith delved into the history of a coin-like medal.

In the classic episode, he detailed what the medal was awarded for as the guest proudly spoke about his great, great-grandfather.

But the show saw him left disappointed as he commented: "Good grief," after discovering the medal's value.

As Mark admired the award, he remarked: "So we've got a coin, well it looks like a coin, doesn't it?

"It's actually a medal and it's from the Swedish-Norwegian royal family when they were joined together.


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The guest explained: "I found out it was my great, great-grandfather's, who was actually 14 at the time.

"And he was a member of the Lifeboat's Crew, and they went out to rescue 20 men off the coast of North Wales 1889.

Turning to the young girl accompanying the guest, Mark noted: "And it's being held by your good self.

He went on: "We're talking now about lifeboats which were drawn by horses out to the shore and then they're rode out to the shipwreck.

"It's a storm and you've gotta get your lifeboat out to that. Now, that's a very dangerous thing to do."

He then revealed what the medal was worth, adding: "Today it's actually worth £700."

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"Good grief," the guest answered, looking stunned by the low valuation.

He added: "It's worth more than that to us," before Mark agreed: "I think so."

Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One.

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