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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Metal detecting duo discovers hoard of 2000 coins in Cornwall

Some of the coins from the hoard, many looked like the day they were cast.

Darren Troon, 45, from Redruth and Kyle Neil, 18, from Scorrier is a metal detecting duo who went out on a trip to a recently ploughed field in Hayle, Cornwall and expected it to be just another day out making the typical finds they always do. Mr Troon said that upon arrival they proceeded as usual and he found a Romain coin, which he initially did not think much of, then a few minutes later a bundle of more than 10 and the following signals became constant.  They started unearthing a bunch of coins which were dirty from years buried in the earth, but many of them looked like the day they were cast. Much to their amazement they uncovered a hoard of almost 2000 Roman coins dating from 253AD to 274AD, nestled in a stone-lined pit.

Mr. Troon and Neil is the lucky metal detecting duo who unearthed the large hoard in Cornwall

Between the money was the remains of a tin container with a handle and lead stopper.  This would have been the vessel which once contained the coins. It became corroded and broken into pieces due to age.  Hoards are most often found inside ceramic pots.

Remains of the tin pot which contained the coins

They called in some help and spent all day carefully unearthing the remarkable find and said it is an unforgettable event and it took them a couple of days to fully realize the significance of their find.  He believes there is a lot more out there to be found and eager to embark on the next metal detecting adventure.
Mr. Neil says that they gave the coins to the Royal Cornwall Museum which forwarded them to the British Museum for evaluation and has been officially classed as a treasure. 

The hoard is currently being evaluated by the British Museum

The coins were an official currency and in circulation around the late Roman era.The Royal Cornwall Museum intends on purchasing the hoard following evaluation by the British Museum. Mr Troon and Neil will share the selling price with the landowner.

 
                       

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