ABC 695 -
Sussex Ducks. c.55-45 BC. Silver unit. 10mm. 1.28g. 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). Not in Van Arsdell, BMC nor Spink. Ex John Follows collection, ex Sean Hegarty collection. Very rare: only seven others recorded, including one in Birmingham City Museum, plus a plated one.
The two lots of crescentic waves (the earliest representation of water on a British coin?) support the interpretation that these two creatures are stylised ducks. It’s worth noting that a bronze duck from near Dijon, France, and another from Milber Down, Devon, also carry a ritual pellet or cake in their beaks, like these ducks do.
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