ABC: n/a Sun & Moon Below Horse -
Sun and Moon Below Horse. Rich Type 6b. 55-45 BC. Silver unit. 15mm. 1.45g. Boar right, pellet eye, pierced by elliptical ‘spear’, large solar anemone above, tiny c-shape below, 4-armed spiral and W-shape in front, beaded border./ Horse left, beaded ringed-pellets and two pellets above, pellet and crescent below, multiple s-shapes border. ABC−, VA−, BMC−, S 396. CCI 19.2144 (this coin). Ex John Follows collection, found near Ancaster, Lincs. Extremely rare - only two others recorded. Not in ABC, Van Arsdell nor Spink.
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This is a much scarcer version of the extremely rare Sun and Moon Proto Boar (BMC 3197, Rich 6a) which has ‘sun and moon’ not only above the boar’s rump but also under the horse. On this coin (Rich 6b) ‘Sun and moon’ can only be seen below the horse and the ‘tusk’ above the boar’s snout has been replaced by a four-armed spiral. John Follows’ sensational specimen is perhaps the only one seen with a complete ring of S’s encircling the horse. The S-sign must be of great significance because on the earliest Proto Boar coins (Rich types 1, 2, 5 and 6a) it occurs below the boar and sometimes as the horse’s mane (Rich types 1, 2, 3a, 5b, 5c).