Bronze Age ring money

Contributed by Donington le Heath Manor House

Bronze Age ring money

Bronze age 'ring money' is a bit of a mystery. Many people believe it is proto currency (hence the name) and that people would have exchanged these for goods. Perhaps they were merely ornaments worn by powerful people or maybe they were used as a sign of wealth or power, a bit like Vikings collecting gold arm rings? What ever they were actually used for they illustrate the point in time when mankind first realised the importance and value of gold; a material which is still used today to estimate the wealth of nations across the world.

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