Coins of gold

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From Netherurd, Peeblesshire

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Coins of gold

These two gold Gallo-Belgic coins, together with a terminal from a twisted gold neckring, are all that remain of a large hoard of gold coins and neckrings found at Netherurd in Peeblesshire. The coins were minted in Gaul in the 1st century BC.

The coins are bullet-shaped, without any stamps or inscriptions.

Gold is a rare find amongst Iron Age Scottish material, and, as in other periods, belonged to wealthy and important owners. These coins may have arrived in Scotland as a gift between elites. The hoard may have been buried as a gift to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-504-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FE 48
Date: Between 100 BC and 0
Material: Gold
What: Coin
Where: Scotland, Peeblesshire, Netherurd, Shaw Hill
Scotland, Peeblesshire, Netherurd, Shaw Hill
Description: Gold bullet-shaped Gallo-Belgic coin, from Netherurd, Peeblesshire
Gold bullet-shaped Gallo-Belgic coin, from Netherurd, Peeblesshire
  • Stevenson, Robert B.K. Metal-work and some other objects in Scotland and their cultural affinities. In: Rivet, A.L.F. The Iron Age in northern Britain. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1966, p. 22. 
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