Five treasure finds, including two decorative gold finger-rings of medieval date have been found in Monmouthshire and Newport.

The finds were officially declared treasure by Sarah Le Fevre, assistant Coroner for Gwent on Wednesday, January 25.

A late medieval gold iconographic ring (Treasure Case 21.37) was discovered by Mr Paul Tourle while metal-detecting on arable farmland in Devauden Community, Monmouthshire, on September 10 2021. It has a bezel whose two faces have been engraved with devotional images.

On the left face, a woman in hooded gown teaches a girl with halo and full dress to read from an open book (possibly St Anne teaching the Virgin to read).

On the right face, St George is depicted with shield and vertical lance, over a dragon with dotted body.

The inside of the hoop is engraved with the legend en bon an (‘A good year’).

Dr Mark Redknap of Amgueddfa Cymru said: “Such rings bearing engravings of one or more Christian figures or scenes and provide tangible evidence for faith and the popularity of images of sacred people and saints.

‘‘The inscription implies that it was a New Year’s gift (the same sentiment occurs on a late medieval iconographic ring found near Usk, Monmouthshire).”

Amgueddfa Cymru - Museum Wales is interested in acquiring this item for the national collection, following its independent valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

A late medieval gold iconographic ring (Treasure case 21.48) was found by Mr Ron Ford whilst metal detecting on arable land in Bishton Community, Newport, on September 25 2021.

The ring has an oval bezel engraved with the central figure of St Christopher, carrying the Christ Child on his shoulder whilst wading through water.

The shoulders of the ring are decorated with a stylised foliage design and a collection of lines set in a tally formation have been crudely etched on the inside of the band.

Sian Iles of Amgueddfa Cymru said: “Depictions of St Christopher carrying the Christ Child were popular on iconographic rings and devotional jewellery in the medieval period, when saints were venerated for their virtues, and their life stories were celebrated.

‘‘A silver-gilt enamelled ring with a similar engraving of St Christopher was found in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan in 2005 and acquired through the 1996 Treasure Act for the national collections.”

Newport Museum & Art Gallery is interested in acquiring this object for its collection, following its independent valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee.

Also declared treasure were:

*A small fourteenth-century silver annular brooch with cusped decoration (Treasure Case 21.46), discovered by Mr Mark Watson while metal-detecting on pastureland in Llangattock-Vibon-Avel Community, Monmouthshire, on September 26 2021.

Monmouth Museum is interested in acquiring this item.

*An eighteenth-century gold finger ring, inscribed with two pairs of initials and the date 1712 (Treasure Case 19.41), discovered by Mr Terrence Shapcott whilst metal -detecting on pastureland in Llanbradach and Pwll y Pant Community on September 22 2019.

The Winding House Museum in New Tredegar is interested in acquiring this item.

*A post-medieval gold memento mori seal ring with a skull motif and owner’s initials (Treasure Case 21.05) was found by Mr Abdulla Taleb whilst metal-detecting on rough grazing land in Langstone Community, Newport in November 2020.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery is interested in acquiring this item.