A 19th-century penny that miraculously saved the life of a British World War I soldier is set to go up for auction next week.

The penny belonged to Private John Trickett, who kept it in the top breast pocket of his uniform as a "poignant reminder of home" during the war, SWNS reports.

While on a French battlefield fighting German forces in 1914, a German soldier shot at Trickett.

The bullet hit the penny, nestled firmly in Trickett's breast pocket, ricocheted through his nose and went out back of his ear, Maureen Coulson, Trickett’s granddaughter, said.

“Everyone in our family saw the penny and heard the story of how it saved my grandfather’s life," Coulson said in comments obtained by SWNS.

It also affected his balance."

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