Bronze coin from Belgic France
Late pre-Roman Iron Age, 1st century BC
Found at Bramdean, Hampshire
This coin is of a type commonly found in northern, Belgic, France. Julius Caesar, in the mid-1st century BC writes of the close ties between south-eastern England and northern France at that time, recording that one king, Diviciacus, ruled territory on both sides of the Channel. These contacts involved trade in luxury goods, including wine and fine pottery, and the use of coinage. This coin, struck in the territory of the Atrebates or Morini, reflects such interaction. The obverse shows a running man with an animal below and the reverse a horse with a star above and below.