Man used a metal detector to find medieval treasure worth $47K

Maya Devi

Two metal detectorists found a medieval ring that could fetch them up to £40,000 ($41,381.99) by auctioning it.

David Board, 69, was a detective for three months when he discovered the gold and diamond ring in February 2020 near Thorncombe, Dorset.

He had found a few old coins on the field wrapped with a lot of silver papers and was walking back to the car when he got a signal in his metal detector. So he dug the hole and saw a bit of gold which didn’t look like another silver paper. He then opened it and found a ring.

The band is thought to be a gift from Sir Thomas Brook, a 14th-century aristocrat, to his wife Lady Joan, who may have lost it while playing an early form of croquet. There is a medieval French inscription inside that when translated means ‘As I hold your faith, hold mine.’

David stated that he thought the ring was a sweet wrapper when he found it on the old bowling green. He explained that it was a wet day so he washed the mud off and put it in his pocket. He further expressed gratitude for finding the ring which is ‘once in a lifetime achievement’.

Patrick Tolley, 64, who owns the land where the ring was discovered shared that Board ‘came over all excited.’

Nigel Mills, a consultant for Noonans, where the ring will be auctioned, stated that the ring is in almost perfect condition. The hoop is made up of two neatly entwined bands that stand for the couple's union.

Board stated that he has not considered what he will do with his share of the money after the ring sells.

Meanwhile, a silver seal that was discovered by metal detectorist Andrew Phillips, 70, in Hertfordshire, southern England, about 22 years ago, was put up for sale. According to the Noonans website, the item has a value of between $3,500 and $4,700 and is still available.

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