West Bromwich father-of-two Patrick Etheridge and his friend Danny O’Beirnes, from Birmingham, came across the gold pendant while searching private farmland in Meriden. About the size of a 10 pence piece, the Anglo Saxon pendant features designs and patterns consistent with items from the famous Staffordshire Hoard that was uncovered in 2009.
It is now being kept in the British Museum in London where it is being analysed. The pair said they were “over the moon” at the find.
“Dan was walking across the field when suddenly he shouted ‘come and have a look at this’,” said steel worker Mr Etheridge, from Law Street.
“We thought it was modern at first but when we got in touch with the finds liaison officer we were told it was Saxon. The feeling is amazing. I can’t explain it.”