1,700-year-old Roman silver ring found near Cirencester is declared a treasure
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A 1,700-year-old silver ring discovered by a metal detector enthusiast in the Cotswold, has been declared a rare treasure.
Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court heard the Roman ring, which dates back to between 300 and 325AD, was found in an unnamed village to the south west of Cirencester.
The court heard the discovery was made by the anonymous bounty hunter on August 2, last year and the Corinium Museum in Cirencester had already expressed an interest into it.
Senior county coroner, Katy Skerrett, said Becky Dobson, assistant treasure registrar at the British Museum had concluded that the detectorist’s find was treasure.
To be named as such it has to contain at least 10 per cent silver or gold and be at least 300 years old.
Ms Skerrett said: “The Roman silver finger ring was found in a Gloucestershire village south west of Cirencester.
“It does qualify as treasure in both age and precious metal.
“The Corinium Museum has expressed an interest in acquiring it.
“It was found in farm land by a metal detector.”
The silver amateur archaeologist’s discovery is 27mm long, 18mm wide, 19mm thick and weighs 8.94grams.
It is decorated with four lines, spirals and has a flat oval panel, possibly where a stone could have been.
If a local museum does not buy the ring it will remain the property of the British museum.
Both the finder and the landowner could receive rewards from the yet unvalued ancient ring, dependant on its market value.
Historically coroner’s courts have decided whether objects found or buried in the ground should be classified as ‘treasure’ as the Crown had the right to take possession of valuable objects hidden by a past generation.
The Treasure Act 1996 amended the ancient law to encourage those who use metal detectors to declare discoveries so museums can decide if they want the objects found.
Anyone with reasonable grounds for believing something they have found might be classed as treasure is required to notify the coroner within 14 days of the discovery.
Failure to do so is punishable by a fine or a jail term of up to three months.