A lost tribe's coin
The Iceni tribe made this Iron Age coin. One side shows a horse surrounded by rings. It is inscribed 'ANTED'. The other side has two crescents and a wreath. The coin was found at Westcombe Park in Blackheath.
The Iceni lived in Britain before the Romans arrived. The tribe inhabited what is now Suffolk and Norfolk. Their coins are found mainly in East Anglia, but are sometimes found south and west of London too. When the Romans invaded Britain, the Iceni chose at first to work with them rather than to fight. Things changed, however, after Boudica's husband Prasutagus died.
Boudica's husband was chief of the Iceni. After his death the Romans treated them as a conquered tribe. In response, the Iceni and their allies the Trinovantians rebelled in ad 60. Under Boudica's leadership, they destroyed London and many other Roman towns. The Romans defeated them in ad 61 and Boudica committed suicide. That was the end of any major resistance to the Romans in southern Britain.
Museum number A26925