Metal detectorist unearths stunning gold hat pin thought to be from 1485

Mail Online | 4/11/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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An amateur metal detectorist has unearthed a gold hat pin worth £15,000 that may have belonged to King Edward IV, who reigned during the 15th century.

Lisa Grace, 42, spotted the Medieval jewel, which is in pristine condition, while searching a recently-ploughed field in Lincolnshire.

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It is believed the pin is linked to royalty as Edward IV and his circle wore strikingly similar pieces during his two reigns as King from 1460 until his death in 1483.

Experts believe that the jewel was made in the late 15th century and is designed as a sun in splendour - the personal emblem of Edward IV.

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They believe that the piece may have been lost in battle. His first reign was filled with power struggle and conflicts, with many taking place in the area.

At the centre of the piece is a purple amethyst stone, another of the King's favourites, leading some specialists to speculate that it may have been lost by Edward IV himself.

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The pin closely resembles a very similar jewel depicted on Edward IV's hat in a portrait preserved in The Museum Calvet in Avignon, France.

Ms Grace said she was stunned when she found it a few inches below the ground.

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