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Lot 6

Estimate: 500 GBP   |   Starting price: 400 GBP Online bidding closed
Wonersh. Left Type. c.55-45 BC. Gold plated quarter stater. 10mm. 0.66g. Back-to-back crescents in centred of crossed wreaths, ‘bear’s paws’ and hidden faces in angles./ Horse left, belted neck and belly, pellet and ring under tail, pelletal moon above, floral sun below. Contemporary forgery of ABC 617, VA−, BMC−, DK 201, S−. Good VF, virtually all plating intact, bold horse. First we’ve had. EXCESSIVELY RARE type, and apparently UNIQUE as a plated coin.

The Wonersh type gold stater “was unknown until a discovery of coins at Wonersh, near Guildford, in 1848, when a shepherd-boy picked up nineteen of these and a number of small gold coins…on a newly-mended road, where in all probability a hollow flint, which had originally been their receptacle, had been broken by the traffic” (John Evans, The Coins of the Ancient Britons, 1864, p.84-85). It was another 150 years before the accompanying Wonersh gold quarter stater (Left Type) was recorded by the Celtic Coin Index (CCI 98.2158). This is a great example of a great rarity.

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