Treasure found near Potters Bar
A PRECIOUS artefact uncovered on land near Potters Bar has been declared as treasure. The ruling was made by Hertfordshire coroner
A PRECIOUS artefact uncovered on land near Potters Bar has been declared as treasure.
The ruling was made by Hertfordshire coroner Edward Thomas at an inquest held in Hatfield yesterday (Tuesday).
Mr Thomas described the relic, which was found using a metal detector in July 2007, as a post medieval silver bodkin, complete "with earscoop".
He said: "It is clear that it is [from the] late 16th, early 17th century."
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The exact location of the find has not been revealed, in a bid to prevent treasure hunters flocking to the area.
In declaring the bodkin as treasure, Mr Thomas said: "The contents were analysed and it was found to contain a minimum of 10 per cent precious metal.
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"Because it is over 300 years old, I am satisfied that it is treasure.
"That is the ruling I make."
Although uncommon, inquests can be held when objects that are at least 300 years old, and which contain a substantial proportion of gold and silver, are found.
The bodkin, which is being kept in the British Museum, now becomes the property of the Crown.
The finder and landowner could be in line for a reward depending on its value.
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