This is a rare Middle Bronze Age gold ring money, dating to c. 1200 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 formed as an annular composite ring. The ring is composite with two equal sized annular rings, each with a dished groove joined together to form two distinct sections (similar examples can be found here, here and here). 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 Money
CULTURE: Middle Bronze Age
DATE: c. 1500 - 1100 B.C.
MATERIAL: Gold (Gold Analysis XRF determined the purity to be Au 777.4, Ag 172.3 & Cu 50.25)
SIZE: 15.43mm x 7.81mm
PROVENANCE: Ex. Private Collection, Zurich. Switzerland. Originally found in England.
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