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TREASURE TROVE; 1000BC ring and Bronze Age coins among items uncovered in N.Wales.

A GOLD ring dating back to 1000BC and two medieval groats are among the national treasure found by amateur detectives in North Wales. Seven separate finds in the region, registered by members of the public on a special website this year, have been deemed of national importance and acquired by museums.

They include the Bronze Age coin which was detected in Cwm Cadnant in Anglesey in May 2013 but only added to the Portable Antiquities site last June.

It was part of a hoard of treasures which also included ingots and a primitive copper-alloy tool. They were acquired by the National Museum of Wales after being declared treasure.

The two groats (coins) were discovered in March last year in Pentir, Gwynedd. They are said to have been in "fairly fresh condition" despite dating back to 1351-1355AD. They were known to have been minted in London and feature King Edward III, who lived from 1327-1377.

In nearby Llanllyfni, another sleuth found 16 silver coins, including 13 English groats dating from 1352 to 1529, two double patards from the Netherlands (1467-74), and a half-groat of Henry VII (1485-1509).

Also in Gwynedd, a member of the public found a hoard of silver ingots dating back to the 11th century.

Meanwhile in Llanasa, Flintshire, a treasure hunter found a fragment of a silver decorative mount from the 17th century.

Completing the new entries on the website are a hoard of one pure gold and 14 silver medieval English coins found in Bronington, Wrexham, and a hollow gold 15th century ring found in the same location three months later.


A 15th Century gold ring featuring a cabochon blue sapphire discovered in a field in Bronington; left a medieval gold coin discovered in a field in Bronington near Wrexham; right: a fragment of a 17th century silver decorative mount found in Llanasa, Flintshire

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 6, 2016
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