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Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 17:34 GMT
Roman coins declared treasure trove
Roman coins
Roman coins similar to these were found in Shrewsbury
A collection of Roman coins and a gold ring dating back to the 17th Century have been declared treasure trove at an inquest in Shrewsbury.

Once experts have valued the items, they will be put on sale and Shrewsbury Museums is hoping to raise enough funds to keep them in the county.

The inquest heard the gold ring was found on a farm near Halfway House, Shrewsbury.

The 20 coins, which are bronze, were found on a farm near Market Drayton.

The ring appears to be of early 17th century origin and bears the inscription "maids must say no".

The landowner, Michael Holloway, told the inquest that the field where it was found had been the site of a market between the years 1200 and 1700.

Shrewsbury Museums will be given the first opportunity to purchase the ring and the coins after valuation.


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