HESH-B13CD4: Iron Age Coin: Silver unit of the Dobunni tribe, provisionally dated to the late Iron Age 20 BC - 50 AD.

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Unique ID: HESH-B13CD4

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Silver unit of the Dobunni tribe, provisionally dated to the late Iron Age 20 BC - 50 AD. The unit is similar to Allens classes I and J. Philip de-Jersey, of the Celtic coin index has suggested: The coin (CCI 06.0574) is indeed a Dobunnic type along the lines of Van Arsdell 1135 or 1137 (Hobbs 3003-3005). The two types (corresponding to Allen classes I and J) are almost impossible to tell apart - particularly in this condition - and it's debatable in fact whether there is a valid distinction to be made, since elements of the design seem to overlap the two classifications. The dating of these two types is also very uncertain - I would guess early first century AD, but they could be closer to the conquest than we think. Although occurring in significant numbers in hoards - these coins, as single finds, are relatively scarce with some 70 or 80 recorded altogether. Thanks are extended to both Dr Davis Symons (BMAG) and Dr de-Jersey (CCI) for their help and comments.

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Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Ascribed Culture:
Date from: 20 BC
Date to: AD 50

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.7 mm
Weight: 1.31 g
Diameter: 13.2 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Peter Reavill
Identified by: Mr Peter Reavill
Secondary identifier: Dr Philip de Jersey

Other reference numbers

Other reference: CCI 06.0574

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Unit (silver)
Obverse description: Debased head (similar to Hobbs profile 5)
Reverse description: Horse advancing right with ring and flower petals above
Die axis measurement: 3 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Dinedor

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HESH
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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