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Lot 28

Estimate: 4'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 3'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Anted Tree. RICV Type. c.AD20-43? Gold stater. 18-20mm. 5.09g. Tree symbol on plain field./ Triple-tailed horse right, ANTED RIC[V] around, pellets, crescent and x above forming hidden face, wheel below, small x’s around. ABC 2066 var., VA 1069 var., BMC 3027, S 379. Good VF, very large flan of cuprous-gold, full ANTED, well ornamented. VERY RARE Est. £4500
It is entirely possible that Cunobelinus got the idea of emblazoning his gold coins with an ear of barley after seeing the ubiquitous tree or branch-emblem on the gold staters of Dobunnic rulers. The special joy of this stater is its remarkable reverse. Due to the huge size of this stater we see virtually the entire triple-tailed horse and almost all of its regal inscription, both of which stand out in high relief. RICV, RIGV and RICOV all mean ‘king’ and are the British version of rex (Latin ‘king’). A feminine version of the title can be seen on a Dobunnic stone carving inscribed DEA RIIGINA (‘Goddess Queen’) found near Chedworth, Glos.

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