Amazing menagerie

Amazing Menagerie

You’d be surprised how many different kinds of creatures – real and mythical – turn up on Ancient British coins.


Serpent Proto Boar silver unit of the Corieltavi, c.55-45 BC, Rich Type 1a, drawn by Matthew Rich for his book
Boar Horse (Chris Rudd 2014), which contains 230 detailed coin drawings.


A few of the many animals and birds that populate Ancient British coins. Note: there are three conjoined horse-muzzles above the horse on the gold stater and a big bird on the bear’s back. See Duck Helmet in Coin News, May 1998.