Anyone familiar with the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare may get a sense of déjà vu when their eye alights on lot no 1 in Adam’s History Sale. The gold ring in the Bard’s ear bears an uncanny resemblance to three catalogued as Irish Bronze Age gold ring-money, estimate €1,500-€2,500. Such rings would have been worn in the ear or the nose, but they were also used as currency a millennium before the first coin was...
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