Gold ring unearthed near Loch Lomond could fetch £10,000

Started by gash, July 22, 2019, 10:49:06 pm

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A 17th century gold ring discovered by a metal detectorist near Loch Lomond could fetch about £10,000 at auction.

Michelle Vall from Blackpool made the discovery when she searched the shore at Duck Bay near Balloch in West Dunbartonshire in January.

She had taken up the hobby two years ago to deal with panic attacks that left her confined to her home.

The ring has been dated from between 1640 and 1680 and once belonged to a courtier of the future king.

The courtier, from Suffolk, worked for James II of England (James VII of Scotland), who lived for a while in Edinburgh before he took the throne.

Mrs Vall literally struck gold when she found the jewellery which was engraved with a family crest and was probably used to stamp wax seals.

She declared the ring as a treasure to the National Museum of Scotland.

But last month, she learned the museum did not want to buy it.

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