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Treasure discovered in Beverley field

A metal detectorist was left shaking with excitement when he unearthed a 15th century bishop’s ring in a farmer’s field near Beverley Minster. Adam Day, 30, from East Hull, who took up his hobby three years ago, was astonished to make the discovery and knew immediately it was something special. The 20-carat gold, medieval ring will be sold by auctioneers Hansons at a specialist sale in Derbyshire on January 24. It is estimated it will make between £8,000 and £10,000 and is expected to be highly sought after.

Hansons’ expert Adam Staples said: “It is a superb example of the craftsmanship of the time. Only high-ranking figures such as bishops or nobility would have been able to afford a ring of such high quality featuring fine decorative engraving and faceting. It may well have belonged to a bishop from Beverley Minster and would have been commissioned.”

Mr Day, an HGV driver, says he sought the farmer’s permission before exploring the land with his friend, fellow metal detectorist Pete Birkett. “You can see Beverley Minster from the field where I found the ring,” he said. “I was shaking when I found it. It was quite close to the surface, not buried deep in the ground. It is engraved with St George and St Catherine and features floral emblems. I have had some interesting finds before including a Bronze age flat axe and Celtic brooch but this is the best one yet,” he continued.