BERK-92BA49: Iron Age coin: Abingdon Zoo silver unit

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COIN

Unique ID: BERK-92BA49

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Iron Age silver unit of the Southern Region / Berkshire, dating to the period c.55-40 BC, 'Abingdon zoo' type. Obverse: Boar with ladder mane, right, leaping horse above. Reverse: Horse right, with smaller horse between legs and another horse upside-down above.

Cf. ABC, p. 65, no. 1004. This coin is a variation of ABC 1004 (horse right) and the same as de Jersey's (1998) Type 1b. An almost identical coin (possibly even the same die) is recorded from Chute, Wiltshire (CCI-11464 on this database or CCI database 01.1464). The identity of the 'Berkshire' tribe and their centre is still unknown however as more of these coins with good provenance come to light it will hopefully be possible, one day, to identify them. Cottam et. al. (2010:65) suggest that the tribe's centre may be Dorchester-on-Thames, now in Oxfordshire.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: IRON AGE
Period from: IRON AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 55 BC
Date to: Circa 40 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 1.1 g
Diameter: 14.4 mm

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard
Secondary identifier: Dr Andrew Brown

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2017.290

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Decoration style: Zoomorphic
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)


Denomination: Unit (silver)
Tribe: Uninscribed
Ancient British Coins (ABC): 1004
Obverse description: Boar with ladder mane, right, leaping horse above
Reverse description: Horse right, with smaller horse between legs and another horse upside-down above
Reverse inscription: None
Die axis measurement: 10 o'clock
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine
Status: Regular

Coin references

  • Rudd (ABC) : p. 65, no. 1004

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
District: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Winterbourne (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SU4472
Four figure Latitude: 51.44528752
Four figure longitude: -1.36827422
1:25K map: SU4472
1:10K map: SU47SW
What3Words: grad.type.harmless
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: BERK
Created: Wednesday 13th September 2017
Updated: Thursday 14th September 2017

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