WMID-6C01C1: roman finger ring with damaged intaglio (plan, front, profile, reverse, profile and underside)

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Unique ID: WMID-6C01C1

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A complete Roman silver ring with an oval bezel set with an incomplete intaglio of dark coloured gem or glass, dating to the 1st - 2nd centuries AD. The ring has been classified by Sally Worrell, National Finds Adviser, for Prehistoric, Iron Age and Roman Artefacts for The Portable Antiquities Scheme - as a type II following Martin Henig (1974:p.55).

In profile the finger ring is 'D' shaped. At the bezel one of the long sides is flat whilst the other is slightly curved, the bezel measures 25.72mm in length and 16.76mm in width. The upper part of the inside of the hoop is flat. The intaglio is slightly raised from the cut oval depression. The gem or glass is flat and now only partially remaining and the design is undetermined. A deep groove and scratch marks are visible where the original surface has been damaged. The back of the hoop is rounded and 'D' shaped in cross section. The thickness of the hoop is 2.01mm at the back and 3.67mm at the shoulders. The ring has an external diameter of 25.27mm and weighs 11.2 grams.


Rings of this type date from the second half of the first century to the early part of the second century AD as discussed by Henig (1974) A corpus of Roman engraved gemstones from British sites, part i, page 47.

Metal Content:

The object is believed to be composed primarily of silver; therefore it fulfils the requirements of the Treasure Act in that it is greater than 10% precious metal.

Discussion and dating:

The object is dated to the Roman period, circa 1st - 2nd century AD and is therefore over 300 years old. The object is believed to have more than 10% precious metal content and so may qualify as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.


Henig, M., (1978) A Corpus of Roman Engraved Gemstones From British Sites. Oxford, British Archaeological Reports 8 (i).

Class: Henig Type II

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: The Potteries Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T469


Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Circa AD 50
Date to: Circa AD 125

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.71 mm
Width: 16.76 mm
Thickness: 3.84 mm
Weight: 11.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 24th April 2016 - Sunday 24th April 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Identified by: Miss Victoria Allnatt
Secondary identifier: Ms Sally Worrell

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T469

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Secondary material: Gem
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Stafford (District)
To be known as: Gnosall

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: The Potteries Museum

References cited

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