LVPL-9E5A56: Roman finger ring

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Unique ID: LVPL-9E5A56

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Silver finger-ring with red semi-precious stone (carnelian?). Complete and in good condition. Henig type II. Sub-circular profile with a wide expanded bezel tapering smoothly at the shoulders to a narrow band, D-shaped in section. Heavily corroded surface with a dark grey, roughened patina. The stone is oval and lies flush with the surface of the bezel. It is incised with a winged figure, possibly Victory or Mercury, facing left with one arm extended forward. Some damage to the surface of the stone is visible around the figure's arm.

Date: mid-1st to mid-2nd century AD

Weight before cleaning: 12.8g; Height: 22mm; width: 25mm; width of bezel: 13mm


This object was found as part of Treasure Case 2012 T406, consisting of 101 Roman silver coins of the denomination known as a denarius (plural denarii ) and 2 copper alloy coins of the denomination known as a sestertius (plural sestertii). The earliest coin in the group is a legionary denarius of Mark Antony (issued c. 32BC-31BC) and the latest a denarius of Commodus dated to AD 190-191. The chronological spread is thus consistent with a hoard of late second century date. Also included in the hoard are 3 Roman trumpet brooches, two rosettes, two silver finger rings and ceramics.

On the balance of probabilities, we conclude that this hoard of constitutes a prima facie case of treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act (1996), by being part of a group of precious metal coins and objects of the same find.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T406


Broad period: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 45
Date to: Circa AD 300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 22 mm
Width: 25 mm
Weight: 12.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 6th June 2012

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Other reference numbers

Other reference: WP116
Treasure case number: 2012T406

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gem
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire East (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: knutsford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while excivating hoard find spot using metal detector.
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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