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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold disc. Thin circular foil of beaten gold with embossed decoration. The decoration consists of a cross filled with horizontal lines inside a circular band filled with further horizontal lines. Another circular band filled with horizontal lines has been placed closer to the edge. There is a twin perforation in the centre of the disc.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2500BC-2000BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 71.64 millimetres
    • Thickness: 0.02 millimetres
    • Weight: 6.6 grammes
  • Bibliography

    • Case 1977 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 1.3.4 bibliographic details
    • Cahill 1994 pp.66-64 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G51/dc6

  • Exhibition history

    1991 23 Aug-24 Nov, Dublin, National Museum of Ireland, Irish Bronze Age Gold

  • Condition

    There are cracks and dents around the edges of the disc as well as a larger crack running from the edge which appears to have been repaired in the modern period.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Mr Anthony says that he had to buy the pair of discs because the seller would not separate them, but he also felt that they should be kept together as these discs are usually found in pairs. However, he did part with one of them later to Mr William Perry of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, and Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, who had a large collection including many Bronze Age gold ornaments (Cahill 1994, 64-66) References: Cahill, M., 1994. Mr. Anthony's Bog Oak Case of Gold Antiquities, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 94C, 53-109.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Thin gold disc embossed with motif of cross inside circle.

Thin gold disc embossed with motif of cross inside circle.

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