Saxon 'Belt Money' Decorated Gold Ring 012715

Saxon 'Belt Money' Decorated Gold Ring 012715
Rare Saxon 'Belt Money' Decorated Gold Ring
Gold, 5.24 grams; 22.39 mm. Internal 21.17 mm, US size 12; UK size X. Circa 6th/7th century AD. A large deep yellow gold band of a very crude style decorated with a single line of punched dots, the ends of the band taper to rounded points and overlap to give a coiled effect. This ring was made from a piece of hack gold intended to be traded or spent, due to its crudeness it can be suggested that the decoration was applied in an attempt at making a temporary wearable piece that would slide onto a belt or finger to ensure it was not lost. Reference: published, Hammond, Brett. British Artefacts, volume I - Early Anglo-Saxon. A rare and very interesting piece in very fine condition. Provenance: found continental Europe in the 1930's, from an old English collection. This item is accompanied by an XRF ancient metal test certificate from Oxford X-ray Fluorescence Ltd.
 
This item was accompanied by an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity.

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