Medieval Gold Brooch Found In Leicestershire

One treasure hunter in Leicestershire has made an incredible find – a medieval gold brooch that is believed to once have belonged to Baroness Hastings.

According to the BBC, the brooch was found by an amateur metal detectorist in a farmer’s field near Kirby Muxloe Castle. The finder wishes to remain anonymous and has agreed to split the proceeds of the sale of the brooch with the landowner.

The brooch itself is heart-shaped, inlaid with white enamel and features a medieval French inscription – honor et joie, which means honour and joy. Historians believe the brooch would have been a gift for the baroness from Baron William Hastings in the 15th century. The baron was beheaded in 1483 at the Tower of London.

It will now be going up for auction with a guide price of £6,000 to £8,000 after the British Museum decided not to purchase the piece of jewellery.

A metal detectorist striking gold is an unusual occurrence, and especially when it results in such a fascinating historic find.

But there have been other instances in the past year where people have been lucky enough to uncover gold. One of the most incredible stories came from Shropshire, where a family found a hoard of gold in an antique piano back in January.

The details of what was in that particular stash were not disclosed, but it was believed that someone had hidden the gold in this unusual hiding place within the past 110 years.

Stories of treasure troves never fail to ignite children’s imaginations, so you could give your youngsters a gold stash of their own to find by sending a few trinkets off to a gold plating service to make them really shine.