Metal detectorist finds gold treasure in West Yorkshire field

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Treasure from the 16th century has been unearthed in West Yorkshire.

A treasure trove inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court was told yesterday that a post medieval gold finger ring was found on the outskirts of Pontefract.

A metal detectorist was searching through a ploughed field in Badsworth when he made the find on September 14.

The court was told it was the first time he had visited the land and was alerted to the treasure when his metal detector gave a beeping signal. He searched through the earth with a spade and uncovered the ring.

In a statement read to the court, the man, who has enjoyed metal detecting in his spare time since 2012 said: “I was of the belief that the find must be of some significance.”

Jonathan Leach, the area coroner, also read aloud parts of a report produced by an assistant treasure registrar at the British Museum. It said that the ring is believed to date back to the 16th or early 17th century.

The report said: “As the object is gold and is more than 300 years old, it appears to meet the requirements of the 1996 treasure Act.”

The court was told that Pontefract Museum had expressed an interest in acquiring the ring. Mr Leach concluded that the discovery was ‘treasure’.

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