While we were all out busy buying losing lotto tickets, hoping to win that $2 billion and dreaming of telling our bosses, “See ya, suckers!” some people were putting their noses to the grindstone and earning a cool $47,000. Englishman David Board went for a stroll one day with his metal detector and, after hearing some beeping, came across a priceless gold ring worth almost $50,000. Who knew walking around aimlessly in a field would lead to a lucrative payday?
David is an on-and-off again metal detector enthusiast, having taken up the hobby in the 1970s and then picking it back up again in 2019. Lucky for him, he lives in England, where you’re likelier to find medieval jewelry buried under some farmland. People details David’s good fortune:
When David Board first found a small gold ring with his metal detector near Dorset, England, he didn’t think much of it.
Board, 69, had received permission to search a pasture field and as the day came to a close, his detector found something, according to a statement from Mayfair Auctioneers Noonans, who will be auctioning off the ring later this month.
Five inches underground, he discovered the ring and popped it in his pocket. Soon he realized it was very special.
“It was once I got home and washed it off that we realized it was a lot better than we thought,” he said in an interview with CNN.
Thankfully, he had one of those sink blockers while washing, so the ring didn’t fall down the drain like so many of my cheap pieces of jewelry. David took his find for assessment and is now the proud owner (and hopefully seller) of a medieval treasure.
The ring, now known as “The Lady Brook Medieval” diamond ring, will be offered by Noonans and it’s estimated to fetch £30,000 – £40,000 ($35,500 – $47,300).
The ring was taken to the British Museum and it was confirmed that it was Medieval in date and a very rare example of jewelry from that time period, according to the statement from Noonans.
The band has an inscription that says, “I hold your faith, I hold mine.” I’m not sure what that means, but for David, it translates to ka-ching! I suppose it’s worth having hobbies because they might turn you a profit one day. My hobbies are eating knockoff Snickers bars (thanks, Aldi!), clicking yes when Netflix asks me if I’m still there, and posting Instagram Stories of my desk at work. One of these will surely make me a millionaire!