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Chairman of Historical Search Society in Mold uncovers treasure

A TREASURE hunter spoke of his excitement at finding a valuable medieval gold ring, 28 years after he found a stash of antique coins in the same place.

George McKean, chairman of the Historical Search Society in Mold, was using a sensitive metal detector on the Duke of Westminster’s estate in Huntington near Chester when he found the 15th century ring, along with an antique silver groat coin.

The find came 28 years after Mr McKean, 59, first uncovered 42 coins and a ring, which is now stored at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum.

During a treasure inquest held at Chester Magistrates Court, a report by Dr Barry Cooke, curator of medieval and early modern coinage, confirmed the ring qualified as treasure under the Treasure Act 1996 due to its age and because the object contains more than 10% precious metal.

The report stated the medieval finger ring is engraved with an image of St Christopher supporting the Christ child on his shoulder.

It also said the coin, which was found in close proximity to the ring, is a silver groat containing more than 90% fine metal and is a Henry VI angullette issue, dating to the 1420s.

“I’m very excited about this,” said Mr McKean. “I’m not in it for the money, it’s the finding of it and the recording of it.”

Mr McKean, who discovered the items in March 2010, had the permission of the tenant and the Duke of Westminster’s Estate to search the land.