Metal detectorist believes he has uncovered King John's 800-year-old lost ...

Metal detectorist believes he has uncovered King John's 800-year-old lost ...
Metal detectorist believes he has uncovered King John's 800-year-old lost ...

A metal detectorist thinks he may have discovered the 800-year-old long lost treasure of King John on a farm in a Lincolnshire village.

Raymond Kosschuk, 63, is '100 per cent certain' the medieval artefacts he has uncovered at an undisclosed site belonged to the former King of England.

The mechanical engineer has spent the last 12 months conducting tests at the location in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, in a bid to track down the allusive hoard.

Finding readings for horse shoes in sets of four, Raymond believes that there 'is no question' that his finds are compelling evidence that this is the treasure

Finding readings for horse shoes in sets of four, Raymond believes that there 'is no question' that his finds are compelling evidence that this is the treasure 

Finding readings for horse shoes in sets of four, Raymond believes that there 'is no question' that his finds are compelling evidence that this is the treasure

Finding readings for horse shoes in sets of four, Raymond believes that there 'is no question' that his finds are compelling evidence that this is the treasure 

Raymond Kosschuk, 63, is '100 per cent certain' the medieval artefacts he has uncovered at an undisclosed site belonged to the former King of England

Raymond Kosschuk, 63, is '100 per cent certain' the medieval artefacts he has uncovered at an undisclosed site belonged to the former King of England

WHEN IS A FIND CLASSED AS TREASURE? 

The following are Treasure by law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to the British Museum:  

Any metallic object, other than a coin, that at least 10 per cent by weight of metal is precious metal and that it is at least 300 years old when found. 

If the object is of prehistoric date it will be Treasure provided any part of it is precious metal.

Any group of two or more metallic objects of any composition of prehistoric date from the same find.

Two or more coins from the same find provided they are at least 300 years old when found and contain 10 per cent gold or silver 

If the coins contain less than 10 per cent of gold or silver there must be at least ten of them. 

Only the following groups of coins will normally be regarded as coming from the same find: 

Hoards that have been deliberately hidden  Smaller groups of coins, such as the contents of purses, that may been dropped or lost  Votive or ritual deposits

Any object, whatever it is made of, that is found in the same place as, or had previously been together with, another object that is Treasure.

Any object that would previously have been treasure trove, but does not fall within the specific categories above. 

Only objects that are less than 300 years old, that are made substantially of gold or silver, that have been deliberately hidden with the intention of recovery and whose owners or heirs are unknown.  

SOURCE: British Museum 

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