Gold 'Chute' stater
Late pre-Roman Iron Age, 65-58BC
Found at Funtley, Fareham, Hampshire
The first Celtic coinages to appear in quantity in Britain, from the mid 1st century BC onwards, were imported into south-east England from the area of 'Belgica' in northern France. These are known in Britain as Gallo-Belgic coins. They are likely to have been used mainly as payment for military service or mercenaries. The Chute stater, found predominantly in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, the tribal territory of the Durotriges is derived from one of the types of Gallo-Belgic (Gallo-Belgic C) coin. The coin displays the abstract head of Apollo on the obverse and the disjointed horse on the reverse.