Brit boy finds 500-yr-old gold locket ‘worth 2.5m pounds’

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LONDON - A British boy is said to have found a 500-year-old gold locket, which could be worth 2.5million pounds, while playing with his grandad’s metal detector.

James Hyatt was 3-years-old when he unearthed the 16th century artefact, which experts believe is one of only four of its kind in Britain and could have belonged to royalty.

“He was so excited when he realised he had found real treasure. He is one of the luckiest people ever. He’ll put his hand down the sofa and pull out a tenner,” the Sun quoted James’s dad Jason, 34, a web designer, as saying. ames, who lives in Billericay, Essex, with his dad and mum Rebecca, 30, was out walking with his grandad and Jason in nearby Hockley when he asked if he could use the detector.

“It went beep, beep, beep. Then we dug into the mud. There was gold there,” James, now four, said.

“We didn’t have a map. Only pirates use treasure maps,” he stated.

The 2.5cm pendant has a picture engraved on the front of the Virgin Mary clutching a cross and five bleeding hearts on the back, while its sides carry the names of the three kings who visited Christ after his birth.

A government body will assess its value, and the proceeds will be split between the unnamed landowner and James’s family. (ANI)

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