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Rare “Robin Hood” Ring Found

December 25th, 2016 by

Sometimes, developments in the real world tap into our memories and feelings as they relate to a work of fiction. This is perhaps no more acutely felt than in situations where real-life artifacts tell us something about a romanticized period in the past.

In this case, the Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood lore has yielded an exceedingly valuable medieval ring that is expected to sell for almost six figures.

Robin Hood Relic

A 34-year-old amateur treasure hunter, Mark Thompson, had only been involved in the metal detecting hobby for about a year and a half before striking it big. His discovery of the medieval gold ring in Nottinghamshire is the stuff of hardcore treasure hunters’ dreams. He had only been searching for 20 minutes in the woods before he came across the rare medieval gold ring!

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Statue of Robin Hood in Nottingham, via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

The area where the ring was discovered is actually the same Sherwood Forest where the stories of Robin Hood purportedly take place. It dates to the 14th century, which would also be roughly contemporaneous to the time of the famous vigilante.

Engravings on the gold ring include the image of a female saint as well as an infant Christ. It is also set with a gorgeous blue sapphire stone. You can find high-quality images of the ring from various angles here and here.

It is estimated that the medieval relic could garner as much as £70,000 at auction, as similar items from the time period have sold for five figures.


Interestingly enough, the Robin Hood theme of “steal from the rich, give to the poor” seems to the fit the yuletide timing of the find.


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