NMS-B071CD: Medieval Finger Ring

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Unique ID: NMS-B071CD

Object type certainty: Certain
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Treasure Case 2017 T446:

Description: Complete medieval or post medieval gold finger ring comprising three pairs of moulded hearts joined at the base alternating with three pointed ovals, each bearing a black-letter inscription, possibly ru or rn reserved on a cross-hatched ground. One of the three is to be viewed with the ring turned through 180 degrees. The meaning of these letters, if any, is unknown. The interior of the hoop is undecorated. The hoop is now distorted out of shape.

Dimensions: External diameter: 23.8mm, internal diameter: 20.1mm, width: 6.2mm, thickness: 2.5mm, weight: 7.8g.

Date: c. AD 1400 - 1600.

Discussion: A number of similar examples have been reported as Treasure and are recorded on the PAS database, including: SWYOR-CC23E3 (2016 T52) & NCL-807A73 (2013 T212), although both are a little more elaborate than the current example.

The object contains a minimum of 10% precious metal and is over 300 years old. Consequently, in terms of both age and precious metal content, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T446


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 6.4 mm
Weight: 7.84 g
Diameter: 22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th December 2016 - Sunday 18th December 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Andrew Rogerson
Identified by: Dr Andrew Rogerson

Other reference numbers

SMR reference number: 8966
Other reference: ECKC122016
Treasure case number: 2017T446

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Norfolk (County)
District: Breckland (District)
Parish or ward: Rocklands (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL9897
Four figure Latitude: 52.53485856
Four figure longitude: 0.9178998
1:25K map: TL9897
1:10K map: TL99NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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Updated: About one year ago

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