Celtic Proto Ring Money, Tripod, c. 700-400 BC
Copper alloy; 37mm/24.5gm
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 three equal-distant lugs on one side. Most likely it was worn on a thong as a pendent, but...as everything was made for a purpose, perhaps it was used as a small tripod stand for rituals? Extremely Rare, this pendent was ground found in a Celtic settlement south of the River Drava.