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Estimate: 3'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'400 GBP Online bidding closed
Antedios Triple Moons. Talbot dies A/2. c.AD25-43. Gold stater. 17mm. 5.03g. Three opposed crescents in centre, pellet in cusps, ring and pellets between, enclosed by six arcs with pellet-triad or quad in cusps./ Maned horse right, with W-shape forelegs, pellet under tail, double-ringed solar motif above, pellet and ANTEDI monogram below. ABC 1639, VA 705, BMC 3790, S 440. Good EF, rose gold, bold well centred moons, bold horse. One of the finest we’ve had, an exceptionally sharp gold stater, as ‘minty fresh’ as the day it was struck. Found near Wymondham, Norfolk. VERY RARE type, only 23 others recorded.
Struck during the reign of King Cunobelinus, this exquisite gold stater borrows icons from his presumed Catuvellaunian ancestor, Addedomaros. The three-moons motif and the ringed spiral above the horse both come from Addedomaros staters (ABC 2508, 2517). Why? Because, in our opinion, the Iceni had become – by the time of Antedios and Ecen – a client state of the Catuvellauni controlled by Cunobelinus, politically and commercially. He let Icenian rulers rule independently, he let Icenian traders trade freely, but always under his influence and always to his advantage. Is there coin evidence of his influence? Plenty, in our view. For example, most of the silver units of Antedios (ABC 1642-450 and Ecen (ABC 1657-60) carry a corn ear, as do almost all the gold coins of Cunobelinus (ABC 2774-2825). Moreover, all Norfolk God units (ABC 1564-67) carry a corn ear too. What’s more, the styling of the Norfolk God’s hair and face, especially its ‘shouting’ mouth, seem to have been derived from an early coin – possibly a portrait coin – of Cunobelinus (ABC 2855).

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