Rare Saxon Relic

Saxon relic worth up to 15,000 pounds

BBC NEWS | UK | England | South Yorkshire
17 September 2008

“A rare Saxon artifact found by a metal detector enthusiast from South Yorkshire is expected to fetch up to 15,000 pounds (US $27,300) at auction.

Tim Pearson thought the 9th Century gold pointer was a milk bottle top when he made the discovery while treasure hunting in Aughton near Rotherham.

Three years on the relic has been valued at 10,000 to 15,000 pounds by Bonhams Auctioneers, which will sell it.

The item, known as an aestel, was used by monks to help read manuscripts.”

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