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Estimate: 1'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 800 GBP Online bidding closed
Cunobelinus Leaping Griffin. c.AD8-41. Silver unit. 13mm. 1.21g. Laureate bust right, CVNOBEL in front, IINVS behind, beaded border./ Griffin springing left, CAMV below, beaded border. ABC 2909. VA−, BMC−, S 310. EF/Good VF, lightly toned silver, super bust, magnificent griffin. Found Chelmsford, Essex. EXTREMELY RARE only eight others recorded.

This is a superb specimen, far superior to the one illustrated in ABC. We find it difficult to decide whether the head is copied from a coin of Tiberius (AD 14-37) or a coin of Caligula (AD 37-41); on balance, possibly the latter. The inclusion of a tiny pellet triad above the griffin in unusual on the coins of Cunobelinus, especially his silver coins. Compare the tiny triad with the tiny triad on the excessively rare silver unit of Caratacus (ABC 2903) – wrongly attributed in ABC to Cunobelinus – which, surprise, surprise, also shows a griffin springing to the left. Could the triad possibly allude to a power-sharing triumvirate between three sons of Cunobelinus?

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