Celtic coin - Iceni tribe

Object number
Tribe      Iceni or Eceni

Material: Silver

Details: Diameter: 13 mm, weight: 0.96 g.
East Anglia mint, late 1st century B.C. till first half 1st century A.D.

Obverse: Two opposed crescents

Reverse: Stylized horse

References See e.g. van Arsdell, Celtic Coinage, Pl. 19 Nr. 730-1

Condition See photograph

The Iceni: The Iceni were a Brittonic tribe in East Anglia. Little do we know about their early history, culture or beliefs. At the end of the 1st century B.C. the Iceni began to mint coins, following the Gallo-Belgian example of a horse-face type. A double crescent on the obverse was, however, also common. While during the Roman invasion under Claudius in 43 A.D. the Iceni fought as Roman allies, they turned agains Rome already in 47 A.D., as the Roman general Publius Ostorius Scapula threatened to disarm them. Although they fought bravely and fiercely, the Iceni were defeated by Ostorius but were allowed to retain their independence. The site of the battle is unknown, but may have been Stonea Camp in Cambridgeshire, where this coin was found.

Provenance: Acquired 2020 at a British auction house. Ex British private collection (Kent), acquired on the UK coin market. Reported to have been found in Stonea Grange, Cambridgeshire.

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