It was a treasure found in 2009 by Ronnie Johnston in his field in Fermanagh bog in Corrad near Belle Isle estate. He had made use of a metal detector and came up with a piece of gold jewelry which is 3000-years old.
It was a flange twisted gold torc (from the Latin word – ‘to twist’) of the type usually worn around the waist – its composition is 87% gold and 11% silver.
It is under valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee of the British Museum in London.
Ronnie had initially presumed it to be a broken spring of some vintage car and he cleaned it and kept is with him as a souvenir. But, later in 2011, while flipping through a treasure hunt magazine, he came across the picture of a gold torc.
Further investigation revealed that his find was one of 48 such torcs that had surfaced in Britain (38) and Ireland (10).
It would be declared a treasure if it fulfills two conditions - is more than 300-years old and has more than 10% precious metal in it.