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Lot 10

Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Sussex Ducks. c.55-45 BC. Silver unit. 11mm. 1.32g. Two opposed ducks, heads turned back, row of three pellets between, small pellets, rings and crescents around./ Horse left, ladder-like mane, three pellets between back legs, two rings and ringed-pellet above, ring below and in front. ABC 695, VA−, BMC−, S−, BNJ 1992, no.188. CCI 17.1891(this coin). EF, neat flan of lightly toned silver, clear ducks, bold horse. Ex Maynard Eastick collection. Found East Woodhay, Hampshire. EXTREMELY RARE only ten others recorded including three plated.

The iconography of this coin is fascinating and opinions differ as to what is happening on the obverse. Commenting on the first Sussex Ducks we sold in 1997 Dr Philip de Jersey wrote: “Four examples of this type are recorded in the Celtic Coin Index, all from the same pair of dies, and all probably from East Sussex. Once again we have a motif of facing animals – if they are animals – on the obverse. But what exactly are they? Possibly snakes, or perhaps legless horses; horses on British Celtic coins do occasionally lose their limbs in favour of the symmetry and attractiveness of the design. The horse on the reverse is more reassuringly solid, but it too has problems with its legs, which appear to be facing the opposite was to its body…the style of the neck and the mane are slightly more familiar, bearing some resemblance to the mainstream Atrebatic issues with the triple-tailed horse, and there perhaps is a further clue to the origins of this type: most likely produced somewhere on the boundaries of the Atrebates, the Regni and the Cantii, perhaps by a minor ruler with limited resources at his disposal, some time in the later first century BC.” The most interesting feature of Maynard Eastick’s excellent example (the finest we’ve had) is that it reveals what appears to be a hidden face above the horse.

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