One of the earliest Victoria Cross gallantry medals ever awarded has been recovered from the mud on the banks of the River Thames.
The medal, awarded to a hero of the Crimean War and worth at least £50,000 despite being badly weathered, was found by a treasure-hunter ‘mudlarking’ on the foreshore with a metal detector.
Tobias Neto, 54, has refused to disclose exactly where he discovered the award because he still hopes to unearth the medal’s missing ‘suspender bar’ and ribbon, which experts say could double the value of the find.
Mr Neto, from Putney, South-West London, said the medal was buried in 3in of mud. ‘I was detecting in my usual area in December last year when I came across what looked like a large brooch.
‘Only when I got home did I realise I had a Victoria Cross on my hands, when I read the writing “For Valour” below the crown.
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