Irish Coin Daily: Celtic Ring Money – Britannia, Uncertain Tribe (Penannular Gold plated ring on bronze core, decorated at one end)


The Irish Coin Cabinet, The Old Currency Exchange, Coin Dealer, Dublin, Ireland

Date: c. 200 – 100 BC

Britannia, Celtic AV Plated Ring Money. 200-100 BC. Gold plated, in smooth penannular form, decorated at one end. 2.20g, 18mm

Celtic Ring Money – Britannia, Gold plated over a bronze core, in smooth penannular form, decorated at one end), dating from 200 – 100 BC

Description:

Britannia, uncertain tribe, Celtic “Ring Money” gold-plated on bronze core, holes in plating in smooth penannular form, decorated at one end. 2nd-1st Millennium BC.

Near Extremely Fine.

Rare.

  • Weight:  2.20 g
  • Diameter: 18 mm

 


Further Reading:

Other Examples of so-called Ring Money:

Middle Bronze Age: 1500 – 1100 BC

  • (Jewellery, not money, but possibly a store of wealth)
    • Type 1 – Wire coils
      • Irish Coin Daily: Gold Ring (Solid band of gold, thick, oval-sectioned wire that has been coiled three times to produce a spiral ring with simple, unelaborated terminals)
    • Type 2 – Double-wire rings
      • Irish Coin Daily: Gold Ring – Penannular (Double-wire ring with looped terminals)

Late Bronze Age: 1100 – 800 / 700 BC

 

Iron Age: 800 BC to the Roman invasion of 58 BC (in Gaul)

Iron Age: 800 BC to the Roman invasion of 43 BC (in Britain)

    • Celtic Ring Money
      • Blog Post: Iron Currency Bars from Celtic Britain
        • Type 1 – sword-shaped (most common type)
          • Sword-shaped bars had a flat, narrow blade 780-890 mm long and weighed between 400-500 g
          • They show two common attributes of money: they conform to a weight standard and have a standard, easily recognized appearance
          • This variety of bar was used in what would later become the territories of the Corieltauvi, Dobunni, Durotriges and Atrebates
        • Type 2 – spit-shaped
          • Rare, found in the area later associated with the Dobunni
        • Type 3 – bay-leaf shaped
          • Rare, known from only a few Cambridgeshire sites
        • Type 4 – ploughshares
          • Rare, found along the Thames Valley & West Midlands

Iron Age: 500 BC – 400 AD (in Ireland)

    • No Ring Money excavated from a dated Irish Iron Age site (yet?)
    • No Celtic coins excavated from a dated Iron Age site (yet?)

 

 

 

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