CAM-3715C0: Late Medieval to Post-Medieval gold (posy) finger-ring, inscribed: VERYTAS * LYBE . RAVYT *

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Unique ID: CAM-3715C0

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A late Medieval or Post-Medieval gold finger-ring (posy), inscribed on the inner side of the hoop and decorated with a foliate design on the outer surface.

The finger-ring weighs 2.08g. The hoop is sub-oval in shape, probably having been slightly squashed from its original form either during use or after loss, and has an external diameter of 19.3mm x 18.3mm. The band has a sub-D shaped cross-section, the inner surface of the hoop being flat and the outer surface having a flatter border to each edge either side of a convex ridge. The band has a width of 3.8mm and maximum thickness of 1.2mm. The convex ridge is decorated with a curvilinear foliate design. The inner surface of the hoop is inscribed ◄ VERYTAS * LYBE . RAVYT * the letters and stops being infilled in black. This is a variant of Veritas vos liberabit or Veritas liberabit vos meaning 'the truth shall set you free' see verse 8:32 in the Gospel of John.

A slight dent is present on the edge of the band's rim directly below the '..BE' of LYBE. A join line is visible, on the inner surface of the hoop, in the space between the end and start of the inscription.

See YORYM-B0EB9B (2016T112). Also see NMS-CD7EBE, YORYM-F882A3.


In terms of age and as the object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Class: posy

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Due to be sold to a third party (note made 14/06/2017)
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T552


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1700

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.08 g
Diameter: 19.3 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 4th July 2016 - Monday 4th July 2016

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T552

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cambridgeshire (County)
District: South Cambridgeshire (District)
To be known as: South Cambridgeshire District Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Due to be sold to a third party (note made 14/06/2017)
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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