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potin
CATEGORY: geology
DEFINITION: A bronze alloy with a high tin content, between standard bronze and speculum. It was used particularly for a type of coinage current in western Europe and in India in the first centuries BC and AD with a tin content between 7-27%.
potin coin
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: Type of British or Gaulish coin made from potin from the early 1st century BC onwards. Potin coins are unusual in that they are cast rather than struck. The earliest examples are the first kinds of coin made in Britain and are found mostly in southeastern counties. Derek Allen has traced the origins of the potin coin series back to the bronze coinage of Massalia some time in the 2nd century BC, the prototypes for the British series probably coming via Gaul. Also called Kentish cast bronze coins.

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