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Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Iceni. Celtic silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g.

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Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Iceni. Celtic silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g. - Image 1 of 2
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Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Iceni. Celtic silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g. - Image 1 of 2
Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Iceni. Celtic silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g. - Image 2 of 2
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Norwich, Norfolk

Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g. Female head left, with long pointed nose, heart-shaped ear and wearing lunar crown./ Horse left, tiny s-shapes for mane, solar ‘anemone’ above, cross in front composed of four tiny s-shapes with central pellet, ringed-pellet below, two solid exergual lines with beaded line between. ABC 1495, VA 80, BMC 3524-27, S 432. CCI 08.9121 (this coin). VF/Good VF, whole head, lovely horse, well ornamented. Ex Graham Garner collection.  EXTREMELY RARE die pair, only 14 others recorded.  

Dr Anne Ross thinks the goddess may be Andraste ‘the invincible’, revered by Boudica (see Cassius Dio History 62 and A.Ross, The Bury Diadem, Chris Rudd List 41, 1997, p.3). We think she may also be Sirona ‘the star’, the Celto-Roman healer-goddess (see War Coins of the Sun Warriors, p.10-11). Another possibility is that she might be Ica, a goddess associated with springs, rivers and maybe healing too; an interesting possibility because the River Alde, which probably marked the southern boundary of the Iceni, may originally have been called Iken (see Eilert Ekwall, English River Names, OUP, 1968, p.218-219, and *īĸĸā ‘cure, treatment, salvation’ in Ranko Matàsović, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, Brill, 2009, p.171). Did Ica give her name to the Iceni?

Bury Diadem. Talbot Bury A, dies D/6. c.55-50 BC. Silver unit. 14mm. 1.41g. Female head left, with long pointed nose, heart-shaped ear and wearing lunar crown./ Horse left, tiny s-shapes for mane, solar ‘anemone’ above, cross in front composed of four tiny s-shapes with central pellet, ringed-pellet below, two solid exergual lines with beaded line between. ABC 1495, VA 80, BMC 3524-27, S 432. CCI 08.9121 (this coin). VF/Good VF, whole head, lovely horse, well ornamented. Ex Graham Garner collection.  EXTREMELY RARE die pair, only 14 others recorded.  

Dr Anne Ross thinks the goddess may be Andraste ‘the invincible’, revered by Boudica (see Cassius Dio History 62 and A.Ross, The Bury Diadem, Chris Rudd List 41, 1997, p.3). We think she may also be Sirona ‘the star’, the Celto-Roman healer-goddess (see War Coins of the Sun Warriors, p.10-11). Another possibility is that she might be Ica, a goddess associated with springs, rivers and maybe healing too; an interesting possibility because the River Alde, which probably marked the southern boundary of the Iceni, may originally have been called Iken (see Eilert Ekwall, English River Names, OUP, 1968, p.218-219, and *īĸĸā ‘cure, treatment, salvation’ in Ranko Matàsović, Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic, Brill, 2009, p.171). Did Ica give her name to the Iceni?

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