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Land of my fathers is giving up its priceless treasures; Western Mail reporter James McCarthy delves into the past and discovers the many hidden treasures of Wales.

Buried treasure has been unearthed at sites all over Wales in recent years.

Fifteen finds of gold, silver and ancient tools posted on website Portable Antiquities have been deemed so important they were judged to be of national importance and placed in museums.

MEDIEVAL GOLD AND SILVER COINS One gold and 14 silver coins from the reigns of Edward III, Henry VI and other periods were found in Bronington, Wrexham, in December 2013.

"The fifteen coins considered here appear to form a single hoard," the Portable Antiquities site said. "The group as a whole was lost or deposited after 1465."

SILVER INGOTS These four round-ended fingershaped lumps were found last March in Llandwrog, Gwynedd. Together they weighed 115g.

Nicks on the sides were "evidence that they had been used in commercial transactions before burial." They were found with a number of coins and coin fragments.

BRONZE AGE AXE A copper alloy axe was discovered in Llancarfan, in the Vale of Glamorgan, in December 2013.

It is of a kind known as the "Croxton type."

"It is so named after a defining example found in Cheshire, within a wider frequency observed along the Welsh Marches," Portable Antiquities said.

INSCRIBED GOLD RING A stunning posy ring has the words 'Such is my love' written on the inside surface. On the outside is a floral pattern.

"The letter forms, decoration and ring form indicate that the ring is of late sixteenth to mid-seventeenthcentury date," the website said.

SILVER MOUNT A 3cm long piece of metal is polished unevenly and dates from the first half of the 17th century.

It was found in Llanasa, Flintshire, in March 2013, and appears to show a female saint.

"If not a specific saint, it could represent the Virgin Mary," the website said.

OVAL SILVER BROOCH Made from 10% silver alloy and decorated with a substance called niello, the pin on this is engraved with a zigzag.

It was found in Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, in November 2012. Similar throughout Wales.

They range from small silver stirrup brooches, such as those from Anglesey, Denbighshire and Monmouthshire, to larger brooches found in Carmarthenshire, Powys and the Vale of Glamorgan.

SILVER BODKIN A bent silver dress pin is hallmarked with a letter 'W' and is more than 10cm long.

It was found in December 2012 in Lamphey, Pembrokeshire, and dates from the 17th century.

"Bodkins of this type were popular in the Low Countries and appear in household inventories as well as on female portraits," said Portable Antiquities.

>A Viking coin, one from a hoard from 1,000 years ago which has been officially declared as treasure by a coroner in North West Wales

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<BViking coins from 1,000 years ago which have been officially declared as treasure by a coroner in North West Wales

<BA Viking coin, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries, was found in Llandwrog, Gwynedd

<BTwo medieval rings were found in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan by David Harrison in December 2013. The gold decorative ring has a repeating

pattern of alternating half-flowers filling triangular panels, separated by a deep zig-zag moulding and considered to be of the late 15th century

<BA late Bronze Age hoard from Llancarfan

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Date:Jun 6, 2016
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