metal detector enthusiast strikes gold with ring discovery
Burnham-On-Sea metal detector enthusiast has unearthed a solid
gold ring in a field near Highbridge which appears to be hundreds
of years of old and worth thousands of pounds.
Howard, pictured, said this week he is stunned to have
discovered the valuable ring.
"It's now on its way to the British Museum to be examined
and logged under the Treasure Act," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
has been metal detecting for around four years and has found many
items, but the ring stands out as a special find.
previously metal detecting on this land I'd only unearthed pre-decimal
and modern items, but the farmer recently ploughed the land and
I thought I'd give it a couple of hours again."
metal detector was quiet initially and found few signals. But
just as I was about to turn around, my machine gave a good strong
signal and I dug a small plug and lifted the sod of soil to reveal
a small band of yellow. It was a marvellous moment."
moment I unearthed it my thoughts were mixed. I thought what a
loss it must have been for the owner at the time. It was also
a joy for me to get a treasure find."
ring was taken to the Somerset County Museum and has since been
sent to the British Museum to be verified.
it's proven to be over 300 years old it will be offered to a local
museum to acquire," said Morley.
a museum wants it they will have to pay the land owner 50% and
myself 50% once it's been valued. These rings - called posy rings
- can have a value ranging from £1,500 to £4,000.
If the ring is not acquired by a museum then it is returned to
me and the land owner and we'll decide what to do with it."
added: "It is hard to date as there are no makers initials
or hallmarks. These were introduced in the 1300's and not everyone
used them - most posy rings date from the 15th century to 18th
century. The inscription is unique and reads 'In thee my choys
I do rejoyes'.
posy rings were made for women and are smaller, but this one is
a male ring and weighs 6.8 grams."
a lot of people know that Burnham is full of history that dates
back to Roman times. The huge
1607 flood buried most of our history even deeper."
ring was unearthed from beneath several inches of soil, as shown