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Ancient British Silver Unit, Sussex Helmet type

Jon Pitt is the finder of this Ancient British silver unit. On the obverse is a helmeted head facing left. On the reverse is a left-facing horse, with a wheel above and various symbols in the field. It’s a coin of the Regni but it isn’t listed in the Standard Catalogue. However, it is featured in Ancient British Coins as the Sussex Helmet type (number 674 on page 54).


The edge is a little weak in places but the coin would still grade good VF. The type is excessively rare and this is a particularly attractive example. It’s well struck, nicely toned and a great rarity in the Ancient British series.

If offered for sale at auction I would expect the pre-sale estimate to be no lower than £1,500 and with competition between prospective buyers the final hammer price may well be a good deal higher.

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