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Group A, the only group within class VI, is distinguished on the obverse head by a nose like a reversed "2," and on the reverse, by a ladder-like banner in front of the pony. Below the pony is a conjoined boar and sun symbol.

Within Group A, there are two subgroups, A1 and A2. On the obverse head of A1, the three front hairs terminate in curls, and the inner lines of each eyelid are horizontal, giving the eyes a half-closed appearance; on the reverse, the boar is engraved in a linear manner, and has a projection at the top of its hip-joint. In A2, there is a curl and a straight hair in alternation at the front of the head, the eye is elliptical (typical for the groups A to G), and the boar is fleshier, with beads for the joints in the legs. The chronology is as follows:


Subgroup A1
Subgroup A2


(1, 2)
3, (4, 5)

Chronology of Group A Coins

While Coins 1 and 2 may be contemporary with 3, I have placed Coins 4 and 5 last, not only because the diadem on the pony is more evolved and resembles those found on subsequent groups, but also because the driver's body starts on a series of modifications that terminates in the driver's body form of group D.

Particular attention may be paid to Coin 1, where the pony's inner forearm doubles as the top of the boar's head, so that the tusk issues downward from the leg above the knee. This may be accidental, but there is a possible mythological connection that will be discussed in Chapter 6.

On Coin 2, the boar's head is not disjointed, and the entire animal is much larger than on Coin 1. There is no pellet above the base line of the boar.

The obverse of Coin 3 follows the description of subgroup A2, as does the design of the boar, which is smaller than on the preceding coin.

The entire obverse design of Coin 4 is much smaller than all of the other dies in this group; consequently, the design of the whisks is revealed: the top whisks point backward, and terminates in a curl and leaf. The back whisk starts behind the lowest curl of the head, curves round to the back of the head, and then turns outward, and ending in a curl and leaf near the terminal of the top whisk. The curls of each of the two whisks are opposed.

The lowest whisk starts in front of the bottom curl of hair and curves slightly up to the chin, where it terminates in a downward-turned curl. The ornament in front of the nose starts as a single beaded line at the height of the eyebrow, and then branches up and down. The top section curves back to the first curl of the head, where it terminates in a curl and leaf. The bottom section curves down to a point in front to the mouth, and terminates in a curl. The lower curl of the ornament is diagonally opposed to the curl of the lower whisk.

There is no ornament below the neck on this die, the space being occupied by the lowest curl of the head and much of the lowest whisk. The lack of the ornament below the head should warn us not to take the design of the whisks as a sound model for the other dies where the whisks are not on the coin. The whisk design here may also be a novelty for this group. Rybot reconstructed the top part of the ornament in front of the face on the next coin as terminating in a simple curl instead of a curl and leaf, perhaps because the whisks appear to leave little room to accommodate the leaf.

On the reverse of Coin 4, a diadem is introduced on the pony's head, and the mane curl extends from this. The driver's body starts on a series of abstractions from the original design: the torso section is abandoned and a zigzag shape represents the arm, shoulder, and back. The inspiration for this shape could have been drawn from the shape either of an antler-pick or the branches of a holly tree, although this is not explicit. The rest of the driver's body, or chariot, is also abstracted. The outside curl on the upper section perhaps represents the chariot horn, and is developed further on the next coin.

In the driver's body in Coin 5, there appears to be a representation of a knopped chariot horn (the "handlebars" on the sides of the chariot), similar to the one illustrated by Fox (in his fig. 40), although the coins would suggest that these were mounted with the knops pointing downward, rather than upwards as Fox's diagram shows. Class VI is the rarest class, and, with its few varieties and missing details it is difficult to say much about the designs.

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