Treasure hunter: How I thought a 700-year-old ring was a Coke can ring pull.
PAUL BUXEY was expecting, after his metal detector went off yet again, to frustratingly find it was yet another ring pull from a Coke can. Instead the electrician got a shock when he discovered, as he bent down to the soil in a field in Shipton-on-Cherwell, it was actually a 700-year-old a medieval gold ring. He had been out with his metal detecting club, The Metal Detectives, a year ago and said just prior to his discovery he had come across three Coca-Cola can ring pulls “which give a very similar signal” to the gold ring. He expected it to be the same but found the ring – a medieval distorted gold finger ring with a red stone insert thought to be a garnet – was beneath about six inches of soil.