Skip to comments.Treasure hunter finds Roman ring[UK]
Posted on 07/24/2008 8:18:06 AM PDT by BGHater
A ROMAN ring that was discovered in a field near York has been classified as an item of treasure, an inquest heard.
The silver ring which could date as far back as first century AD, was discovered by Peter Spencer, while he was searching a field in Dunnington using a metal detector.
The jewel, whose value will be determined by the treasure valuation committee, was despatched to the British Museum, where it was examined, and a report on it completed.
The report, by Ralph Jackson, at the museums department of pre-history and Europe, described the find as a small, Roman silver finger ring, incised with a stylised palm-branch motif, flanked at the base by a pair of crosses.
It said the jewel was a complete, undamaged example of a slender Roman ring type made variously in gold, silver or copper alloy. The palm-branch motif was a ubiquitous symbol of victory believed to offer protection against malignant forces and to help a deceased wearer reach the afterlife. The British Museum said there has been reasonable interest in acquiring the item, the inquest was told.
A spokesman for the York Museums Trust yesterday said it was unable to confirm whether the the Yorkshire Museum was interested in purchasing the treasure. Giving his verdict, York coroner Donald Coverdale said: This item is made of silver, its origin is first to third century AD so on these two criteria it can be classified, and I do classify it, as treasure.
Mr Coverdale said he hoped the ring would go to the Yorkshire Museum. The report said the ring dated from between the first and third centuries AD, and that it weighed 4.3 grams.
Roman ring ping.
With Pics and Scale for a change.
What is the significance of the ring’s being “treasure”?
Does that mean it belongs to the finder or to HM Treasury?
It means Museums and such get first dibs.
Fascinating. I wonder if the owner was a Christian because of the two crosses on the ring.
Under British law the finder gets NOTHING, and the state can confiscate any item declared as “treasure”.
In other words, if you live in Britain, and find what you think is a priceless treasure, do NOT call the media or the government. Fly to NY and call Sotheby’s.
Ah, no. In England, ownership of treasure goes first to the landowner, who typically shares the gain with the finder (i.e. they will have a contract about sharing treasure found during a dig).
If there is a clear claim or title to the treasure (e.g. I dig up the Romanov jewels while digging up a farmer’s field in Sussex) then the Romanovs or their heirs would have preference to the trove in law, but otherwise the trove typically goes the landowner/owner of the place where the treasure was found. Who sells it to a museum usually.
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Many thanks for that post.
If they believe it to be on historical importance they will declare it a national treasure, but will offer the finder compensation.
Under the new law, the finder MUST sell the item to a museum and a committee determines the price that should be paid. The free market is no longer involved. The prices one gets for found treasure has plummeted as a result.