Lost then Found

In 1979, detectorist Tom Clark (now 81) found a ring in a Buckinghamshire field which he subsequently took to a local museum for identification and recording. He was told the ring was “worthless”.

Subsequently put it in a tin which he left in the garage at his mother’s house. In 2011 and Tom’s mother passed away and while sorting through her estate, rediscovered the tin containing the ring. Only lately did he decide to get the “worthless” ring re-examined when an expert identified it as a medieval ring dating from 1350. It is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000 at auction.

The ring features a dark green intaglio depicting the god Mars hold a spear. It bears the Latin inscription that translates to… I hide the true message.

Well done Tom; enjoy the money.

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