CELTIC, Britain. Catuvellauni & Trinovantes. Cunobelin.
|Sale: CNG 66, Lot: 43. Estimate $600.
Closing Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2004.
Sold For $405. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 10-41 AD. AR Unit (1.28 gm). Herakles Type. Heraklean figure standing on exergual line, leaning on large club, lopsided CV N[O] across field, beaded border / Naked female sitting sideways on feline animal stepping right, tail raised, TAS[CIIOVA] around. Hobbs 1884-85; Van Arsdell 2061; SCBC 315. Toned VF, clear figures. Very rare. ($600)Found Slough, Berkshire.
On many specimens, including this one, Herakles (or his Celtic equivalent, Camulos or Cunomaglos) seems to have bulbous breasts and looks distinctly pregnant. The female on the other side has been described as Europa on a bull, Epona on a horse and Diana on a leopard. The animal certainly has a somewhat feline appearance.