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Unique ID: SUR-C728DA
Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation
A complete cast copper alloy Iron Age Gallo-Belgic potin attributed to the Suessiones tribe (Soissons region, north-east of Paris) and of 'Soissons Eye Boar' type dating from c.60 - 20 BC. Obverse: head, right. Reverse: Eye and boar motif pellets and neck torc below.
As ABC 85, BMC 444-447; Delestree and Tache I, 530-531A..
This is an extremely rare coin for Britain, with only six other examples recorded on the database. It is much more common as a find on the Continent. The Suessiones "six peoples" lived around the river Aisne (Axona "river") and had their capital at Noviodunum "New Fort" modern Soissons (Aisne, Picardy), which is named after the tribe.
This is the only type of potin for which we have recorded a die matrix (SUR-08FD05) which was found a few miles away.
This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 3 g
Diameter: 18.3 mm
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Denomination: Potin (Cast bronze)
Geographic provenance: Continental Belgic
British Museum Catalogue type: 444-447x
Ancient British Coins (ABC): 85
Obverse description: Head facing right.
Reverse description: Eye and boar motif pellets and neck torc below.
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
4 Figure: SU6949
Four figure Latitude: 51.23601999
Four figure longitude: -1.01304644
1:25K map: SU6949
1:10K map: SU64NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.
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