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350-year-old ring found by metal detectorist is treasure

This ring hasn't been worn for hundreds of years Credit: GNS

A rare 350-YEAR-OLD gold ring found by a metal detector user in a field in the Forest of Dean in 2015 has been classed as treasure.

The post-medieval, gold posy ring, with the inscription 'In trust be just' and the maker's mark, was found by a Mr H Jones two to three inches under the ground in a field on 3 October 2015.

The image reveals the engraving 'In trust be just' Credit: GNS

Posy rings are gold finger rings with a short inscription on their surface. They were popular during the 15th through the 17th centuries as lover's gifts.

I am satisfied that this ring, which dates from 1675 AD to 1725 AD, qualifies as Treasure and it has been passed to the Dean Heritage Centre.

A similar ring was found in the past with similar inscriptions and was lodged with the British Museum.

Under the 1996 Treasure Act, the appropriate conclusion is that this ring constitutes treasure.

– Coroner David Dooley

The ring qualified as treasure because it is more than 300 years old and at least 10% precious metal.

The exact location of the find is being kept secret to avoid hordes of detectorists descending on the site.