Dobunni, Corio (c. 20 BC – AD 5).
Obverse: Vertical ‘Tree of Life’ symbol.
Rev. Three-tailed horse galloping right, CORIO above, two pellets-in-annulets and cresent, forming a hidden face above, wheel below.
(ABC 2048; VA 1035; BMC 3064-133).
Extremely Fine. Lustrous.
Found metal detecting in the 1980s, on chalk.
The exact nature of the emblem which appears on impressive gold staters from the Dobunni remains a mystery. Theories range from the so called ‘Tree of Life’ to an abstract celtic design. Regardless, examples of these coins generally exhibit very weak or worn emblems. This rare example, however, boasts a nicely struck design in good metal, as well as an exceptionally struck horse.