An amateur treasure hunter has just uncovered a lost centerpiece from one of King Henry VIII‘s crowns. Kevin Duckett was searching for metal in a Northamptonshire field when he came across a signal next to a tree. He got a strong signal next to a tree and dug a few inches down. There he found the artifact at first thinking it was some type of foil or a gold bottle cap.
“I’d been there about 20 minutes and found nothing.
“Then I got a very loud positive signal from my detector and started to dig down before spotting something.
“It was lodged in the side of a hole just a few inches down.
“I carefully removed it and knew by its colour and weight that it was solid gold.
“I brushed off the soil and sat down in amazement.
“The rush of adrenaline and the buzz of excitement started to flow through my body.
“I was holding what appeared to be a heavy solid gold and enamelled figurine.”
When he took it out of the ground he realized that what he had just dug up was solid gold. He cleaned it off and took it home so he could do more research and contacted his find liaison. The artifact now sits in the the British Museum and could be worth over £2 million or $2,740,900 American dollars if you want the conversion.
This find solves a 400 year old mystery of what happened to parts of the King’s crown. When Oliver Cromwell abolished the monarchy in 1649 and beheaded Charles I he ordered the crown to be melted down and minted into coins. At the time Cromwell ordered it to be dismantled and melted by Parliament it was valued at around $2000.
To read more about the crown and the find please visit The Sun’s article by clicking here.
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