πŸ₯‡ BANNER Qrter Stater Field - Day 5...16th C Gold Ring!!!

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Beautiful day again & after our moderate success yesterday we were both ready for a bit of a slog, it seemed like payback time was due :P
We were nearly right because at the 2 hour point (total day was 3.5 hours), we only had 1 Roman coin & a few buttons. Once again the difficult field just blow me away with a Gold Ring that looked so Gold it had to be real old.....Although in the field I couldn't be sure it wasn't Georgian or Victorian so got the best surprise researching tonight :headbang:

Other finds of the day:
Barrel Tap Key
1897 Sixpence
Some good Buttons
1 Lead Token

This is what I think the Gold Ring is:
Man's high grade Gold (20kt+) Signet Ring
16th Century (maybe 17th)
The Heraldic image of the Rampant Lion derived from the 'Lion of Judah' which has close ties with Nobility, so whoever wore this ring was at least a Lord of the Manor. Its been used all across Europe & closely associated with Scotland.
The closest match I could find was in the Victoria & Albert Museum:
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O119772/signet-ring/?print=1
Although mine is a different shape I have researched many other similar Octagon Gold Rings from the 16th-17th Century :blob7:
This will shortly be making its way to the British Museum, so might get a full answer in 12 months+ :laughing7:

I have never had such an amazing ring in all my detecting years, I hope this continues, but I think I have done in the rest of the year :tongue3: :laughing9:
UPDATE:

It's very unusual for me to sell ANYTHING I find. However, on some very rare occasions I can't afford to keep a find. This has only happened 1 other time in my detecting career, other than this one.

The British Museum handed back the Ring & valued it at Β£2500.

Today it was in Auction & achieved Β£4200!

So after costs (including straighting it), the farmer & I will recieve Β£1600 each. My best windfall ever, as my last object was Β£1150 each.

Brought by a US bidder (I think).
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shaun7

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WOW!!! Another banner :o :headbang:
 
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Woohoo! It looks like a gold year for the team! What a ring. Agree, another Banner find! :icon_thumleft:
 

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Wow you are really on a roll. I think you might just get your own personnel banner. :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2: :hello2:
 
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Thanks guys, you know how it works, we have screwed the rest of the year :laughing9: Or its going to be.... :blob7: :blob7: :blob7:
 

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amazing OLD gold! beautiful!
 

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Well isn't that just GREAT :o it's a great feeling to see that colour in the ground, it would straighten up good, but if the BM keep, it they will leave as..is..Banner all the way Cru :icon_thumleft:

Can't be much left down there now :laughing7:

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Rick (Nova Scotia)

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Oh Boy ! What a beauty !

I love that old craftsmanship.

A field that gives up multiple Silver is a good one, one that gives up multiple Golds is wicked.

Agreed, Banner vote in.
 

tomjiggy

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Wow!! Amazing ring, and in great shape as well. I don't know if I can even vote, but will give it a go. Banner!
 

Bill D. (VA)

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Killer find Crusader!! Tailor-made for the banner .... again. Can't wait to see how it IDs by the museum.
 

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Shockingly Awesome Ring Cru :thumbsup:
 

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Thats an amazing ring. Congrats on such a find!!
 
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Thanks everyone, its still sinking in,,,

This year I just can't put a foot wrong & its in a field we would have never bothered with unless it was our last choice. In fact we never knew it was available & in stubble until the farmer pointed it out to me. It's a good walk from anyway, although not to far from a River & halfway between 2 villiages :coffee2:

PS. Cheers everyone that voted, that made it up quick :o I just can't believe how often, I'm getting finds of a lifetime, I must be a cat or something :laughing9:
 

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That is a real beauty...you just can't stay off the banner!
 

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