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Lot 12

Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Commios E-Type. Sills class 2, dies 19/30. c.50-25 BC. Gold stater. 16-18mm. 5.48g. Wreath motif with downward facing leaves, cloak lines and snake’s head below./ Disjointed horse r, EI monogram above with bent middle bar, spoked wheel below, trefoil under head, [CO]MM[IOS] around. ABC 1025, VA 352, BMC 730, DK 322, S 66. CCI 09.4703 (this coin). Tiny pit on obverse, otherwise EF, neat flan of rose gold, bold horse with full EI. Ex John Follows collection. Found Patching, West Sussex. VERY RARE only 23 others recorded.         

What does the EI monogram mean? “The most plausible interpretation, by analogy with COM F and its variants on the issues of later rulers, is that it is an abbreviated patronym representing the otherwise unknown father of Commios” says Dr John Sills (DK p.321). We agree. We think Commios’ father may have been called Eisu (see Who is E?, Chris Rudd List 126, November 2012, p.2-5). This superb stater is published in Divided Kingdoms, p.329 (this coin).

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