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Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Baton Crest. Veneti. Region of Morbihan, southern Brittany. c.160-140 BC. Gold stater. 20mm. 7.36g. Curly-haired head of Ogmios right, vertical cranial baton within big beaded loops, wedge-shaped neck resting on two upturned linear crescents, each containing inverted V-shape./ Human-headed horse right, driver holding three-bar banner, four-spoked chariot wheel behind, below: winged figure recumbent right, wing formed by four parallel lines. LT 6883, DT 2114, de Jersey Armorica (1994), p.65, class IV. CCI 04.2615 (this coin). Good VF, almost as struck, golden gold with beautiful old toning. An early heavyweight stater of great artistic and mythological interest. One of the finest of its type and one of the few to be offered for public sale. Ex Isle of Man collection. Found Lincolnshire. EXTREMELY RARE only ten others recorded, most in French museums.

Dr Philip de Jersey, author of Coinage in Iron Age Armorica (OUCA 1994), writes: “An extraordinary find from Britain. The only previous Veneti gold stater from this country was found on the beach at Abbotsbury, in Dorset, in 1824: just where one would expect to find an Armorican stater. Quite how this coin ended up in the Lincolnshire Wolds is a mystery, and likely to remain so. But here it is, a splendid specimen of the Armorican androcephalous or human-headed horse, probably from the mid-second century BC or perhaps a little earlier. The attribution to the Veneti is probably too entrenched in the numismatic literature to be changed, but the distribution of these coins in their Armorican homeland strongly suggests that they were actually not produced by the Veneti at all: instead their home is further southeast, probably along the lower Loire and perhaps around the region of Nantes.”

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