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Lot 5

Estimate: 2'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'000 GBP Online bidding closed
Vodenos Dragon. c.10BC-AD5. Silver unit. 15-17mm. 1.06g. Griffin and boar standing either side of column of S-shapes, row of ringed-pellets below, beaded border./ Horse right, with beaded mane and corded tail, ‘butterfly’ below, triad of ringed-pellets in front, exergual line with row of ringed-pellets, short lines and pellets above, beaded border.ABC−, VA−, BMC−, DK 88 var., S−. Good VF, large flan of near pristine silver, curious figures, bold horse. Found near Cobham/Luddesdown, Kent, 16 March 2017. EXCESSIVELY RARE only one other recorded.                

Dr John Sills says: “This is effectively a new type because of the very different form of the animals on the obverse compared to ABC 363 and the rendering of the double-stranded cord between them as separate, stacked S shapes.  On the reverse a butterfly-like motif below the horse replaces what appears to be a rosette on ABC 363 and above what was formerly the retrograde name VODIINIOS is now a pseudo-legend made up of short bars, arcs and pellets, confirming that the type postdates the two known Horse and Griffin units, one of which is a fragment.” The first Vodenos Dragon (Chris Rudd List 136, July 2014, No.6) was sold for £4,200.

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