Roman Republican Coins in the British Museum

E Ghey, I Leins (eds) - descriptions and chronology after MH Crawford

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Thin gold disc embossed with motif of cross inside circle. In centre of cross are two pierced holes.


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Department: Britain, Europe and Prehistory

Registration number: 1854,1227.2

Bibliographic reference
Case 1977
Murgia et al 2014 1.3.3


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Object types
disc (all objects)

gold (scope note | all objects)
punched (scope note | all objects)
perforated (all objects)
embossed (scope note | all objects)
beaten (all objects)
Place (findspot)
Excavated/Findspot Castletreasure (Castletreasure Farm Hoard) (all objects)
(Europe,British Isles,Ireland,Republic of Ireland,County Cork,Douglas,Castletreasure)
2500BC-2000BC (circa)
Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (scope note | all objects)

Gold disc. Thin circular foil of beaten gold with pointillé and embossed decoration. The decoration consists of a circle of punched dots along the outer edge, three concentric embossed circles and a cross filled with horizontal lines inside a circle of punched dots at the centre of the disc.
There is a twin perforation in the centre and a further deliberate perforation in the upper part of the disc.

Diameter: 43.62 millimetres
Thickness: 0.01 millimetres
Weight: 2.1 grammes

In the upper part of the disc there are several small holes that do not appear deliberate.

Curator's comments
The disc is apparently part of a hoard, the remainder of which is lost, found on Castletreasure Farm.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through William Chaffers (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Thomas Crofton Croker (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
2005 1 Aug-30 Sep, Republic of Ireland, Cork, Cork Public Museum, Ór Chorcaí Cork Gold
1985 1 Aug-13 Oct, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Symbols of Power at the Time of Stonehenge

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