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Roman gold earring

This find came in from Anthony Mims. It’s a gold earring, which dates from the Roman period. It had been reported as Treasure and recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme but has now been disclaimed. Anthony asked for a valuation in order to settle up with the owner of the land on which it was found.

The earring is a plain gold band with coiled ends, between which there is a fattener that should open but it now unmoveable. It measures approximately 18mm by 23 mm and the gold is attractive and clean. In terms of its date of manufacture, it will have been made some time between AD 200 and 300.   


This is a nice looking find but Roman earrings are not particularly rare. One of the London auctioneers sells them regularly and it’s not unusual to have more than one pair in a single lot. If this example was offered for sale at auction then the pre-sale estimate would be unlikely to be any higher than £120 to £150.

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