Neck ring terminal (fragment)

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from Netherurd, Peeblesshire

Postcard of Neck ring terminal (fragment).
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Neck ring terminal (fragment)

This terminal for a gold neck ring and two gold coins are all that remain of a large hoard of gold coins and neck rings found at Netherurd in Peeblesshire. The coins were minted in Gaul in the 1st century BC, while the terminal fragment is an East Anglian type.

Around the central section of the neck ring terminal are a number of bosses set against a punched background. The rest of the surface is decorated with swelling lobes, bosses and concentric ribs.

During the last centuries BC, long distance gift exchange between high ranking people brought valuable southern British objects, such as this one, to Scotland. This hoard also contained gold coins from present day France, perhaps also obtained via southern England.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-503-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FE 46
Date: Between 100 BC and 0
Material: Gold; large; perforated; enriched with late Celtic ornamentation
What: Torc terminal
Where: Scotland, Peeblesshire, Netherurd, Shaw Hill
Description: Gold torc terminal enriched with late Celtic ornamentation, from Netherurd, Peeblesshire
  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 94-6, 111-2; vol. 2, no. 191. 
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