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Lot 10

Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Mossop Helmet. Torc Type. c.50-40 BC. Silver unit. 14mm. Helmeted head left, zigzag line and rings in front./ Triple-tailed horse left, spiral above, expanded neck torc and ring in front, small boar and rings below, beaded border. ABC 854 , VA−, BMC 609, S−. EF/Good VF, bright silver, beautiful helmeted head, well centred. A superlative specimen. Found near Marlborough, Wiltshire. EXTREMELY RARE only six others recorded including one in the British Museum Est. £2000 £1600
Named after war-hero Henry Mossop DFC (1919-88) who had one in his collection (BMC 609, not as nice as ours), this Torc Type Mossop Helmet is fascinating because it clearly displays a complete snake in front of the head. We believe the rings alongside the snake and on the reverse represent gold coins, alluding perhaps to the ancient myth of a serpent (or dragon) guarding buried treasure, an allusion strengthened by the gold neck torc on the reverse.

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