It is engraved with St George and St Catherine and dates from the late 15th or early 16th century during the period when George began to replace Edmund as the patron saint of England. Many were made in base metal as pilgrim souvenirs, but in gold, these were high-status objects.
Adam Day, an HGV driver from East Hull who found the ring at a site close to Beverley Minster in East Yorkshire, was in the room on January 23 to watch it sell to a private UK buyer. He will be sharing the proceeds with two metal-detecting friends and the farmer who owns the land where the ring was found.
Taunton saleroom Greenslade Taylor Hunt sold a similar ring in 2015, found in a field in north Somerset and verified by the British Museum, for £7000.