Images copyright Chris RuddWhaddon Bird. c.55-45 BC. Silver unit. 13mm. 1.16g. Crested head left with coiled hair, small animal in front, ringed-pellets around./ Horse right, beaded mane, winged object before, bird above, beaded pellet below. ABC 2481, VA 1546, BMC 377-79, S 50. Near EF, lightly toned silver, fabulous head, whole bird. VERY RARE type, only 20 others recorded, 9 of them chipped.
The crested head was originally derived from the helmeted head of Roma on Roman denarii. The animal before the head and winged object clearly link the coin iconographically with ABC 2380 and 2383 and Whaddon gold types.
Thank you Chris Rudd for images and auction text.