Medieval Code Ring Brings Wealth and Glory to Metal Detector

Metal detector enthusiast John Wood certainly didn't expect to strike it rich four years ago when he discovered an odd-looking gold ring, but the 650-year-old artifact is now set to sell at Christies for UKĀ£100,000.

Wood's ring, discovered in Cheshire, England, bears a diamond, but it is the inscriptions that have experts excited. The cryptic message on the ring, "loyaute sans fin", French for "loyalty without end," and two gold initials, "V" and "A", have recently been decoded, and the ring is scheduled for sale.