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Inquest will determine if silver seal matrix found in Norfolk is treasure

PUBLISHED: 12:03 10 September 2020 | UPDATED: 12:19 10 September 2020

A silver seal matrix similar to that found in Norfolk Picture: Norfolk Museums Service

A silver seal matrix similar to that found in Norfolk Picture: Norfolk Museums Service

Norfolk Museums Service

An inquest next month will determine whether a silver seal matrix found in Norfolk is treasure.

On Tuesday, March 24, the artefact was discovered in an undisclosed location in Norfolk by Barry Hutchinson, prompting a treasure inquest to be held.

The hearing opened on Thursday and heard how Mr Hutchinson had found the silver seal matrix on land belonging to a Mr J Hope, whose first name was not provided.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake told the hearing that a find originated from the post medieval period.

Seal matrices are objects, generally made of metals, which are used for making impressions on wax seals to authenticate or seal documents.

A full inquest to determine whether the find is treasure will be held on Thursday, October 1 at Norfolk Coroners’ Court.


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