currency bar

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A type of standardized iron bar romantically believed to have been used as a form of currency before the introduction of coinage, but more likely to be ingots or blanks relating to the circulation of raw material. In Britain three main types are known: sword‐shaped, spit‐shaped, and ploughshare‐shaped. On the continent rhomboid ingots may have had a similar role.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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