An immaculately preserved gold ring from the 17th century has been found by an amateur metal detectorist in Scotland.
The signet ring is in perfect condition and is believed to be worth up to £10,000 and previously belonged to a King's courtier who was wrongly executed for treason.
It belonged to Edward Colman, who worked for King Charles II before being hung, drawn and quartered in 1678.
Treasure hunter Michelle Vall, 53, of Blackpool found the artefact under six inches of mud while holidaying at Loch Lomond.
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The signet ring is in perfect condition and is believed to be worth up to £10,000 and previously belonged to a King's courtier who was wrongly executed for treason
Mrs Vall was staying in a holiday cottage close to Loch Lomond and gained permission from a local land owner to search a field when she found the ring.
The school teacher said she did a little dance of joy when she realised she had struck gold.
The ring has now been declared as 'treasure' by the Scottish Treasure Trove and is deemed to be so historically significant it must reside in a museum.
Mrs Vall is expected to receive a reward along with the land owner.
She said: 'The ring was only six inches underground. Obviously at the time I didn't know what it was, but to find gold is rare for us detectorists and I even did a little dance to celebrate.
'It was a very exciting moment and you just don't expect to find something so special.'
The ring is believed to...