Amateur treasure hunter finds £25,000 Anglo-Saxon bejewelled cross

An amateur treasure hunter armed only with a metal detector has discovered a 1500 year old Anglo-Saxon (early English) cross worth a stonking £25,000.

The cross dates from the 600s and was found on a farm in Nottinghamshre...

Amateur treasure hunter finds £25,000 bejewelled cross in field with metal detector

By Daily Mail Reporter
06th August 2008
Daily Mail

A pure gold cross dating from the 7th century has been discovered by a man with a metal detector.

The inch-long piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery is made out of 18-carat gold and was probably worn as a pendant.

Experts believe the English-made piece could be worth at least £25,000.

It is thought the cross, which is decorated with fine detail and adorned with red gemstones, might have originally held a religious relic. Two of the four gemstones and any relic are missing.

A treasure hunter found an Anglo-Saxon cross in a field in Nottinghamshire

It is made with gold probably melted down from Merovingian French coins.

Two of the red cabochon gemstones are missing as is the relic that would have been kept in its centre.

The red stones are among the world's most ancient gems and were used by ancient Greeks who called them granatum, the same word they used for pomegranate seeds.

The anonymous finder discovered the 1,400-year-old cross just 12 inches beneath the sod on a farm in Nottinghamshire.

He had already unearthed a Saxon penny and beaten copper plate before probing deeper.

'Instinctively I put down the digger and scraped gently at the soil with my gloved hand,' he said.

'Then I made contact with a piece of metal that made me want to remove my glove. It seemed warm, almost alive, to my touch.

'My fingers closed on it and when I opened them I was gazing down, literally with my jaw dropped in astonishment, at the most wonderful find I've ever recovered.

'The actual moment of the discovery remains as sharp as ever in my memory, but the remainder of the day, even the next few days, have since become a blur thanks to my excitement.'

The bejewelled cross may have been worn as a pendant

The finder rushed to show his find to the farm's owner.

'Farmers being farmers, he didn't show quite the same excitement as he might have displayed if I'd shown him a prize-winning cow, but he seemed quite pleased,' he said.

He handed the find to a coroner who declared it as treasure trove at an inquest. This means the finder will get half the proceeds of a sale. He is likely to split his earnings with the farmer.

The specific location of the find is being kept secret for fear that so-called 'nighthawks' will descend on it in case there is anything else to be found.
But guess what ....IT IS NOW THE POSSESSION OF THE QUEEN and the guy who found it will receive a pittance for his trouble as all finds are listed as treasure trove..
or will fall under this new ACT "the treasure act 1996


Information for finders of treasure
(England and Wales)
The Treasure Act 1996 comes into force on 24 September 1997 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, replacing the common law of treasure trove.
This leaflet provides a summary of the main points of the new law: further information will be found in the Code of Practice on the Treasure Act which can be obtained free of charge from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (Tel.: 0171 211 6200). Metal detectorists are strongly advised to obtain a copy of the Code of Practice which, among other things, contains guidance for detectorists, sets out guidelines on rewards, gives advice on the care of finds and has lists of useful addresses.
A separate Code of Practice and leaflet has been prepared for Northern Ireland. A Welsh language version of this leaflet can be obtained from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport or the Welsh Office.
What is the new definition of treasure?
The following finds are treasure under the Act (more detailed guidance is given in the Code of Practice):
1. Objects other than coins: any object other than a coin provided that it contains at least 10 per cent of gold or silver and is at least 300 years old when found. (Objects with gold or silver plating normally have less than 10 per cent of precious metal.)
2. Coins: all coins from the same find provided they are at least 300 years old when found (but if the coins contain...

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Treasure Act 1996
1996 CHAPTER 24
Go to PreambleMeaning of “treasure”1. Meaning of “treasure”.
2. Power to alter meaning.
3. Supplementary.

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Ownership of treasure

4 Ownership of treasure which is found

(1) When treasure is found, it vests, subject to prior interests and rights—
(a) in the franchisee, if there is one;
(b) otherwise, in the Crown.
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