The Chris Rudd Collection of Bronze Age and Roman Coins
Date of Auction: 13th September 2017
Sold for £2,400
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
FootnoteProvenance: Found in Sussex c. 1990; Arundel Collection; Shamrock Collection; C. Hamlyn Collection.
Penannular gold rings like this lot and the next two ‘were probably fashioned primarily as jewellery’ (Ancient British Coins, C. Rudd, 2010, p.202). He still believes this to be true but also thinks that they were a convenient form of portable wealth and that some could sometimes have been exchanged for goods or services or divine favours; in other words, used like money. As such, he feels that these rings may legitimately be classed as numismatic collectables. But be aware also that the Treasure Act 1996 regards them as artefacts – and correctly so