Celtic Proto Ring Money, Large with Grapes, c. 700-400 BC
Copper alloy; 35mm/23.9gm
Con/ As Cast; Dark green patina, cleaned and waxed.
Seller's Note/ Such 'proto money' was used as a trading commodity (currency) before the introduction of struck coins in the Eastern Danube region and the Black sea area by the Celtic tribes and were marketed by their weight. The most common types were simple round rings, while others had a few knobs or lugs that were worn as beads or jewelry in one manner or another.
This ring features what appears to be grape clusters (?) to either side with a raised lug at the top that would certainly have been attached to a thong and worn as a necklace pendent. Extremely Rare, this pendent was ground found in a Celtic settlement south of the River Drava.