VA-2061-1 Cunobeline of the Trinovantes.
Obverse: Hercules holding club and lion skin, CV NO on sides
Reverse: Woman riding 'sidesaddle' on non-equine animal TASCIIOVA around

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The obverse of the coin is similar to a Denarius of C Vibius Varus, RSC Vibia 26, 42 BCE. Due to incomplete copies of this extremely rare coin, the animal on the reverse was thought to be a horse and the woman, Epona and perhaps an early version of the Lady Godiva legend. However, from this example it is clear that the animal is not a horse, but a feline or a canine.

I support the feline interpretation because of the upright rounded ear and relatively short snout. Perhaps it is a panther or leopard. It's head is turned backwards apparently to accept an offering that the woman is holding in her left hand.

Questions:

Is the reverse similar to any Greek or Roman coins?

Is there an Indo-European myth or a Goddess which would explain the woman, riding a feline (or canine) and offering a treat?

Any comments or suggestions, please email bill501@mindspring.com

 

 

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