ABC 767 “Hampshire Thunderbolt” Coffee Mug


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“Hampshire Thunderbolt” Quarter Stater. Belgae c. 60-20 BC
ABC 767, DK 304-306, S 46

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Item Reference: MUG-INFO-ABC-767


Obverse DescriptionThe obverse shows a boat with two figures. An S shaped object appears on the left, with an array of pellets to the right.

The obverse is sometimes rotated 180 degrees and described as a stylised animal (normally a boar but sometimes a wolf), but the arguments for this are unconvincing and the text required to describe the design as a boar or other abstract animal becomes increasingly convoluted.  We have a mug on this topic 🙂

A possible interpretation of the boat and its passengers was presented by Daphne Nash Briggs in “Reading the images on lron-Age coins: I. the sun-boat and its passengers“.

Reverse DescriptionAn elongated S shaped line (the thunderbolt) runs vertically, bisecting a straight horizontal line. The upper right quadrant contains a pellet triad and a butterfly shaped object. The lower left quadrant contains an L shaped object, with pellets in front. The remaning quadrants contain torcs and pellets.

Note that the intended orientation on the reverse is unknown.

  • An ideal present for the coin collector in your life who is just too difficult to buy for, or for yourself when you can't afford a new coin.
  • 325 ml (11oz) ceramic mug
  • Handwash only because dishwashers will destroy anything given enough time
  • It takes our suppliers 3 to 5 working days to produce these mugs, so don't wait too long if you need one soon


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