Dec 8, 2009

Ring Money

Ring Money

c. 100-50 BC

Gold

Diameter: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Weight: 16.68 g (0.59 oz.)

The Norweb Collection 1969.142

Location

Did you know?

Ring money could be strung, allowing you to wear your wealth and easily carry it with you.

Description

Used in the ancient world from c. 1600 BC, gold ring money was also in general use in Ireland around 100-50 BC. It was used in Britain as well but not to the same extent. This piece was found at Norman Leighton, Warwickshire, almost the central county of England. As a means of exchange, gold was scarce in Britain until successive waves of invaders from the mainland, fleeing the expanding power of the Romans, brought with them degraded staters, an ancient gold coin of the Greeks.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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