He can keep the Roman ring he bought on eBay

I’m rather glad about this. I bought a ring that the shopkeeper claimed was Roman many years ago – perhaps I won’t go to jail after all.


A man yesterday won the right to keep a Roman ring bought on
internet auction site eBay – after a coroner ruled it wasn’t treasure.

Jewellery fanatic Tim Ramsay, 35, paid £10 for the silver ring dating back 2,000 years in 2006.

took it into the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter but experts
seized it. They claimed hidden objects belonged to the Crown under
Saxon Law.

But coroner Ian Arrow yesterday told a Torquay
hearing that the ring, worth £50, wasn’t buried treasure as “it was
purchased and not found”. Afterwards Mr Ramsay, of Teignmouth, Devon,
said: “I’m willing to donate it to the museum.”

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