LON-98725D: A late Iron Age, 1st century BC copper alloy flat linear class I potin dating from 60-45 BC. Holman C4/1-1c and Allen type GA and ABC 166.

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COIN

Unique ID: LON-98725D

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A late Iron Age, 1st century BC copper alloy flat linear class I potin dating from 60-45 BC. Holman C4/1-1c and Allen type GA and ABC 166.

Obv: Linear head with neckline, eye composed of three pellets in a triangular arrangement, no eye ring.

Rev: Linear bull, exergual line below, two crescents separate from tail above.

Dimensions: diameter: 19.62mm, weight: 2.38g

Holman (2016:29) writes "This rare subgroup, which currently contains only type C4/1, corresponding with Allen GA, displays a head with three pellets in a triangular formation representing the eye but no eye ring, leading to it usually being referred to as the 'Three Dots' type. The reverses are virtually identical to those seen in C3/1, which clearly provided the immediate prototype. Striations are nearly always present. For the sake of consistency, consideration was given to splitting these coins into two subtypes along the same lines as C3/1, i.e., depending on the style of the bull. However, the flans are always neat rather than rough, even for a specimen on which the legs of the bull are well apart. It has therefore been concluded that, being a derivative issue with probably a very short lifespan rather than a longer term evolution, only one subtype is represented. Diameters are usually 17.0-17.5 mm (mean 17.2 mm) and weights 1.7-2.3 g (mean 2.0 g). All known specimens have an axis of 90 degrees. The distribution of this subgroup is primarily confned to the Birchington and Thurnham hoards, which account for half the known examples. It is also known from the Snettisham and Sunbury hoards but single fnds are very few in number."

References: Holman, D. 2016. 'A new classification system for the Flat Linear potin coinage', British Numismatic Journal 86, 1-67.

Hobbs, R. 1996. British Iron Age Coins in the British Museum. British Museum Press: London.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 22.3 mm
Weight: 2.38 g
Diameter: 19.62 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Stuart Wyatt
Identified by: Mr Stuart Wyatt

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)


Denomination: Potin (Cast bronze)
Obverse description: Linear head with neckline, eye composed of three pellets in a triangular arrangement, no eye ring.
Reverse description: Linear bull, exergual line below, two crescents separate from tail above.
Die axis measurement: 9 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine
Status: Regular

Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Hounslow (London Borough)
Parish or ward: Syon (London Borough Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ1776
Four figure Latitude: 51.47087859
Four figure longitude: -0.31689029
1:25K map: TQ1776
1:10K map: TQ17NE
Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Open fresh water
Specific landuse: Running water

References cited

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