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The variation in the quality and standard of these pieces does not suggest a fixed denomination but rather that these items were used like hack silver and assayed at every exchange.
The gold plated pieces are a problem in this context as they do not seem to be likely to have been made in imitation of solid pieces nor would they have been easy to assay.
Hoards of Irish Celtic gold ornaments often consist of quantities of cloak fasteners suggesting that these items were used as a medium of exchange rather than just for fastening cloaks.
But as with the ring money there is no evidence for a fixed series of weights and measures being used in their manufacture.
The earliest coinage which affected the North West of Europe was the Macedonian coinage of Philip II and Alexander III (the Great).
From about 600 AD coins do begin to turn up again in Irish hoards but mostly, as in Roman times, in a context that suggests little distinction is made between struck silver and other worked precious metals.
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For most of its recorded history, Ireland's culture has been primarily Gaelic (see Gaelic Ireland).
It has also been influenced by Anglo-Norman, English and Scottish culture.