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Item:372560719000This is a rare Bronze Age gold ring money, dating to c. 1100 B.C. Before minted coinage, the Celtic peoples traded in bullion and other commodities. Ring money pieces such as this have been found throughout Britain and Ireland, likely used as a form of adornment or early jewellery.This example is rare, being decorated with pontile work around the upper surface. It is expertly crafted with a core of bronze, encased in a hammered gold sheet. Academics have in recent years debated the use of such items, as a form of currency, or items of jewellery (such as hair rings, or beard rings). It is an excellent example of a Bronze Age Ring Money adornment, that must have been once owned and worn by the druid or elite class of Bronze Age society.OBJECT: Gold Ring MoneyCULTURE: Bronze AgeDATE: c. 1200 - 1000 B.C.MATERIAL: Gold & AE coreSIZE: 18.8mm x 20.5mm dia 5mmWEIGHT: 6.01gPROVENANCE: Ex Beaufort Collection, originally from the River Avon, SomersetThis item is unconditionally guaranteed to be ancient and to date from the period described. A certificate of authenticity will be supplied on request.Material:Gold, Provenance:Ex. European Private Collection
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1200 - 1000 B.C. Bronze Age Decorated Gold Ring Money Adornment Pontile Design