Celtic Proto Ring Money, Grapes, c. 700-400 BC
Copper alloy; 27mm/2.8gm
Con/ As Cast; near unblemished green patina, cleaned not 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 money features what appears to be a single grape cluster and would certainly have been attached to a thong and worn as either a necklace pendent or one of many on a bracelet. Extremely Rare, this was ground found in a Celtic settlement south of the River Drava.