- Jul 23, 2019
- Detector(s) used
- White's Spectra v3; Equinox 600
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
10-Year-old Finds Medieval Priory Seal Within Minutes of Using Metal Detector and Gets $5,000 For itA ten-year-old boy who found an 800-year-old medieval priory seal matrix with his metal detector has raked in a small fortune after it sold for £4,000.
George Henderson, a 10-year-old British chap, found an 800-year-old medieval relic in November. He sold the relic for £4,000 ($5,239) on Thursday to a private UK buyer at an auction.
The relic was designated as having "Regional Importance" on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database."It displays the Virgin Mary and Child with a Latin seal which translates to Seal of the Priory and Convent of Butley, of Adam, Canon Regular," Good News Network reports. "The area where it was found is connected to Butley Priory, a religious house for canons founded near Woodbridge in 1171. Adam served as its prior from 1219 to 1235."
"I'm happy I discovered it," George said.
That's pretty neat!George found the relic just ten minutes after he and his dad began searching a field in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The artifact was only five inches below the ground!
Paul said the seal's "historical importance" is what's most important to him and his son, adding that it's the "most exciting find" either of them has ever made."He seems to be better at making important finds than me," George's dad, Paul, said. "Having said that, there have been plenty of times when he's come back with nothing."
"I always tell him to keep at it, and he got his reward."
"George must have the Midas touch. I hope it will inspire him to keep metal detecting and unearthing more history."
(I need to get myself one of those fancy-schmancy metal detectors...)