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This is a piece of Middle Bronze Age gold bullion hack, dating to 1300 - 750 B.C. This would have originally formed part of the larger piece of gold jewellery, perhaps part of a ring-money or torque terminal. This example is made from solid gold of high purity (c. 21-24k). It has been purposefully chopped up, you can clearly see the chisel marks, indicative of its use as a method of payment in a bullion economy. Further examples of gold ring-money have been recorded from Somerset SOM-4D34ED, Allerdale in Cumbria LANCUM-C2543F, and Northumberland DUR-EC189D. It is an interesting piece of early currency from a period before round minted coins.
OBJECT: Bullion Hack
CULTURE: Bronze Age
DATE: c. 1300 - 750 B.C.
SIZE: 19mm x 8mm x 4mm
WEIGHT: 3.94 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European Private Collection, Portugal.