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A Norfolk God from the Scole Hoard

A Norfolk God from the Scole Hoard

Iceni, Norfolk God, Moustache TypeIceni, Norfolk God, Moustache Type obv horse

Iceni, Norfolk God, Moustache Type, c 60/61, 14mm. 1.21g, Male head right, with short spiky hair and boarskin headdress, corn ear/ Horse right with cabled mane, kite, ABC 1567,  VA 792, 794, BMC 3605-759, S 434, Good VF, Ex Scole Hoard, Norfolk, 1982, CR 19380

Liz Cottam at Chris Rudd >
“On 9 November 1982 a digger driver, while cleaning up the sides of a trench with a spade, discovered 142 silver coins at Scole House, Scole, Norfolk. A further 147 “were excavated nearby or extracted from the builder’s spoil heap on later occasions,” bringing the total to 289 coins. 202 were Iceni silver units, dating from c.AD25; the other 87 were Roman silver denarii, mostly Republican. The latest Roman coin was a well preserved denarius of Nero, dated AD 60-61, the year Boudica of the Iceni rebelled and burned Camulodunon (Colchester), Verulamium (St Albans) and Londinium (London). Dr Andrew Burnett of the British Museum said: “The Neronian coin provides the formal proof that mixed Icenian and Roman hoards, even when they contain no coins later than Tiberius, were deposited during Boudica’s revolt.”

The village of Scole, formerly on the oldRoman road to Venta Icenorum (‘market of the Iceni’), lies on the north bank of the River Waveney which divides Norfolk from Suffolk, not far from the northern borders of the Trinovantes who joined Boudica in her revolt. Dr Andrew Rogerson and others believe that Scole could have been the site of the Villa Faustini, mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary (Iter V). Roman floors and wall foundations have been found at Scole House. At a Coroner’s Inquest on 26 July 1983 the Scole hoard was declared Treasure Trove and, apart from four Roman denarii, all the coins were returned to the finders.”