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Lot 30

Estimate: 500 GBP   |   Starting price: 400 GBP Online bidding closed
W-Forelegs Proto Boar. Rich Type 16d. c.55-45 BC. Silver unit. 15mm. 1.28g. Bendy-bodied boar right with upturned snout and two W-shaped bifurcated forelegs, rings above, ringed-pellet below, comb-like beaded exergual line./ Naturalistic horse left with W-forelegs, large beaded circle above, ringed-pellet in front and below (forming hidden face when rotated). ABC–, VA−, BMC−, S–. EF, large flan of bright silver, well ornamented horse, fabulous hidden face. Probably the finest known specimen. Found Wilsford, Lincs., 3.2.2017. EXTREMELY RARE only six other examples recorded.               
Examine the reverse of this coin upside down and you can’t fail to observe a fierce Celtic face glaring at you, with a walrus moustache and shouting mouth. Who is he? Possibly a Gallo-British deity called Esu ‘Lord’, as in Esu Prasu ‘priest of Esu’ (see No.28 this list) and Esu Prasto (ABC 1711). Moustache-type hidden faces can sometimes be seen on other coins from other tribes, e.g. ABC 1403 (List 89, No.20) and ABC 2081 (List 63, No.55).

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