IOW-5C0154: IOW-5C0154 Iron Age Coin (possibly)

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Unique ID: IOW-5C0154

Object type certainty: Certain
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An Iron Age Continental tin-alloy potin, possibly of the Carnutes.

Obverse: ...ATICV...; Helmeted head left

Reverse: Lion running left

Diameter: 16.4mm. Weight: 2.86g. DA-12:10-11.


The right [side] and the reverse of the coin are effectively very near to the 'lion' type of the series PIXTLIOS (DT II series 454): The helmeted head and the treatment of the lion are both characteristic. One can also see resemblances with the coinage of Carnutes: the right [side] is close in several ways to the coinage of TASCOBIENOS (DT II, series 514) and the reverse to that of the legend TOVTOBOCIO - ATEPILOS (DT II, series 517). It is worth noting that the theme of the slender lion can be found on certain coins of Rèmes (ATISIOS REMO, DT I, no 679): but the comparison with a Belgic type is not very conclusive here.

In summary, the style of the coin fits well among the coinage of the éburovices and carnutes. I would draw your attention to a last point that has probably not escaped you: on your coin there is probably a legend in front of the figure in profile, in which the bottoms of the letters are off centre (pers. comm. Pierre-Marie Guihard, May 2013).

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: IRON AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: IRON AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: IRON AGE

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.86 g
Diameter: 16.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 10th April 2013

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2013-5-71

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Potin (Cast bronze)
Tribe: Carnutes
Geographic provenance: Continental Gaulish (West Central)
Obverse description: Helmeted head left
Obverse inscription: ...ATICV...
Reverse description: Lion running left
Die axis measurement: 10 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Status: Regular

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 9 years ago

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