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Amateur treasure hunter finds £25,000 bejewelled cross in field with metal detector
A pure gold cross dating from the 7th century has been discovered by a man with a metal detector.
The inch-long piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery is made out of 18-carat gold and was probably worn as a pendant.
Experts believe the English-made piece could be worth at least £25,000.
It is thought the cross, which is decorated with fine detail and adorned with red gemstones, might have originally held a religious relic. Two of the four gemstones and any relic are missing.
A treasure hunter found an Anglo-Saxon cross in a field in Nottinghamshire
It is made with gold probably melted down from Merovingian French coins.
Two of the red cabochon gemstones are missing as is the relic that would have been kept in its centre.