Advert

Latest

27 minutes ago
Advert
4 hours ago
Advert

Most Popular

3 days ago
Advert

Bloke Finds Medieval Ring Worth Up To £35,000 While Out With Metal Detector

Bloke Finds Medieval Ring Worth Up To £35,000 While Out With Metal Detector

A man who discovered an engraved medieval sapphire ring whilst out with his metal detector in Nottinghamshire now hopes that the treasure will sell for as much as £35,000 when it goes under the hammer later this month.

It's a dream shared by metal detectorists, archaeologists, and pirates alike, but for Mark Thompson, it became a reality.

Advert

Whilst out speculating with a metal detecting group called 'Find A Field' in May 2016, Mark's detector started beeping in a ploughed field just outside Sherwood Forest.

Credit: Mark Thompson
Credit: Mark Thompson

Now, Sherwood Forest is obviously synonymous with the legendary outlaw Robin Hood, but no-one could have expected that a piece of real-life history was about to present itself to Mark.

In fact, most of the time when a metal detector beeps, it's probably a bottle cap or a bit of farm machinery shrapnel.

Mark said: "I couldn't believe what I was looking at when I dug the clod of soil over and saw the sapphire and a glint of gold poking out of the dirt."

Advert

It's a beautiful ring, too.

Credit: Mark Thompson
Credit: Mark Thompson

At the time of the discovery, he told the Sun: "I had been out metal detecting with a group for about 20 minutes when I heard the signal.

"I was really excited when I saw that it was gold, but I didn't realise at that point just how significant it might be.

"I called my friend who came down to take a look and help see whether there was anything else related nearby.

"If it does prove to be as valuable as we think it might be, it would completely change my life."

Yep, it definitely could change his life. Later this month - on Mark's birthday, no less - the ring is to go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in London with a valuation of between £25,000 and £35,000.

Credit: Mark Thompson
Credit: Mark Thompson

If it goes for that, Mark intends to put the money too good use.

He explained: "I got into metal detecting because I'd collected coins since being a kid, so I bought a detector to see if I could find some old coins.

"I was over the moon when the treasure valuation committee valued it.

"If it fetches what is expected then the money will go towards a deposit for a mortgage. The landowner will get half of what it fetches we had an agreement of a 50/50 split."

Seems fair enough.

Credit: Mark Thompson
Credit: Mark Thompson

Christies description of the ring reads: "Rectangular cut cornered sapphire measuring 9.8 x 7.85mm, scalloped cusp setting, gold mount with engraved figures depicting Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and the Infant Christ, 15th century."

If you're into jewellery, that'll probably be really interesting to you. If not, just look at it - it's old, it's gold, it's got a big sapphire in it.

Anyway, we'll find out on November 27 exactly how much it is worth, and how much he'll have to put towards the house.

Credit: Mark Thompson
Credit: Mark Thompson

According to Mark, the British Museum valued the ring at closer to £50,000, so perhaps it'll end up going for more than the reserve.

Not bad for an afternoon in Nottinghamshire.

Featured Image Credit: Mark Thompson

Topics: uk news, Interesting, Weird

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible journalist and Twin Peaks enthusiast. Despite having a career in football cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he managed to obtain degrees from both the University of London and Salford. According to his French teacher, at the weekends he mostly likes to play football and go to the park with his brother.” Contact Tom on [email protected]

 

Next Up

Baby Born 'Without A Face' Released From Hospital After 40 Days

Baby Born 'Without A Face' Released From Hospital After 40 Days

24 days ago