Lot 28. Britain, East Anglian Region. Iceni. Early uninscribed issues. Mid-1st century B.C. AR unit. Norfolk God (moustache) type.
Britain, East Anglian Region. Iceni. Early uninscribed issues. Mid-1st century B.C. AR unit (14 mm, 1.14 g, 7 h). Norfolk God (moustache) type. Mustachioed male head right; behind, grain ear (not evident); before, two trefoils / Horse with cabled mane right; above, pelta with tricorne; below, lozenge with concave sides and pellet at each corner. ABC 1567; Van Arsdell 792; BMC 3605-759; SCBC 434. Well centered and struck, lightly toned. Choice very fine.
From the KJG Collection of British Celtic Coins. Purchased from C. Rudd, 7 November 2006.
The head and grain ear of the obverse are borrowed from the Roman denarii of L. Roscius Fabatus (Crawford 412/1), which were also extensively imitated in Central Europe on coins of the Eravisci, a highly cultured Celtic tribal group inhabiting Transdanubia who used Roman Republican denarii as prototypes for their own coins.