300-YEAR-OLD TREA­SURE FOUND IN PAD­DOCKS

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A 300-YEAR-OLD gold ring found in North Stafford­shire has been de­clared as trea­sure.

The or­nate trin­ket was dis­cov­ered at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in Fe­bru­ary by a man who was us­ing a metal de­tec­tor.

A trea­sure in­quest held at Hartshill heard the ring had been ex­am­ined by the Bri­tish Mu­seum and was found to date from be­tween 1600 and 1650.

North Stafford­shire Coro­ner Ian Smith said the ring was dis­cov­ered by An­dre Ray, from Ri­p­ley, Der­byshire, on Fe­bru­ary 24.

Mr Smith said: “Mr Ray was do­ing some ex­am­i­na­tion by metal de­tec­tor in some pas­ture horse pad­docks. About six inches down, un­der­neath a large, round stone, he found a gold ring.”

The ring fea­tures the ini­tials G and L and three can­dle­sticks. Ex­perts at the Bri­tish Mu­seum said it was a postmedieval gold signet or seal ring.

Mr Smith de­clared the find as trea­sure.

He said: “I am sat­is­fied that the ring is at least 10 per cent pre­cious metal and at least 300 years old, so it qual­i­fies un­der the Trea­sure Act 1996 to be de­clared as trea­sure.”

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