Medieval Ring Found In Sherwood Forest Could Be Worth 70k
FFS! I'm from Nottingham and missed out on this bad boy. Turns out Robin of Locksley did too, though, as a medieval ring worth up to 70,000 smackeroos has been unearthed in Sherwood Forest.
Mark Thompson, however, has a sharp eye and a loud metal detector and found the ring, which has been dated as far back as the 14th century. After brushing off the dirt he was happy to find it was made of gold with a massive sapphire in the centre, as well as an engraving of an infant Christ on one side and a female saint on the other.
Credit: Mark Thompson/BNPS
Credit: Mark Thompson/BNPS
Mark, whose day job is spray painting fork lift trucks, had taken up metal detecting as a hobby and never really expected to get much out of it apart from a bit of pleasure. Conservative estimates place the ring at around £20,000, with upper valuations hitting £70,000, as aforementioned.
Here's what he had to say about it: "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.
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"I called my friend who came down to take a look and help see whether there was anything else related nearby.
"It's the find of a lifetime; I never expected to unearth anything like that. I'm still in shock when I think about it - it was such an exhilarating moment.
"If it does prove to be as valuable as we think it might be, it would completely change my life."
The rest of the group must have pretended to be happy for him, but were actually reeling and seething with anger, disappointment, and disdain.
Look at what you all missed out on. Credit: Mark Thompson/BNPS
Mark will be able to keep the money, and many museums are interested in purchasing the jewellery.
The ring is currently undergoing tests at the British Museum and should soon be classified as 'treasure'.
I'd hold on to it for a bit if I was you Mark, wait for a new Robin Hood movie to come out and then let some gullible Americans fight it out. Robin Hood (myth or not), would be knocking around in those days and you can definitely make some tenuous link.
Main image credit: Mark Thompson/BNPS