Richard III badge turns up on beach near the Tower of London
A boar mount which could have belonged to Richard III has been discovered.
The copper-alloy mount was found in October on the Thames foreshore, near the Tower of London, by a metal detector enthusiast.
The mount shows the boar, chained, collared and wearing a crown, with a crescent above one of its legs.
Richard III took the white boar as his sign.
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Badges in the form of the animal were ordered for the king's coronation in 1483. It is not known where the mount came from.
However, experts believe it might have been used as a piece of furniture or decorated an item of leather once owned by a supporter of Richard III, or possibly even the king himself.
The news comes as tests take place on a skeleton, found underneath Greyfriars car park, Leicester, to establish whether it is the remains of the monarch.
Michael Lewis, deputy head of the British Museum's department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure, said the mount was very similar to a number of boar badges which have been reported treasure over the past few years, which were made for followers of Richard III.
Mr Lewis said: "'Bore' may have also been an anagram of Ebor, the Latin for York."
Under the Treasure Act 1996, finders have a legal obligation to report all finds of potential treasure to the coroner.