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Lot 9

Estimate: 3'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'800 GBP Online bidding closed
Yarmouth Right. Sills class 1. c.55-45 BC. Gold stater. 18mm. 6.22g. Wreath motif with hairbar splitting into three lines./ Horse right, on exergual line, front leg with three ‘claws’, pellets above, zigzag and pellets under exergual line. ABC 518, VA 1220, BMC 78-85, DK 177, S 23, L.Lengyel, Le secret des Celtes (1969), p.148, CCI 08.9535 (this coin). EF, as struck in rich toned gold. EXTREMELY RARE with only 14 others recorded, including eight in the British Museum, one in the Ashmolean Museum and one plated. Ex Chris Fox collection, found near Chichester, West Sussex, 2005.

Named after the Yarmouth hoard, Isle of Wight, 1867 (C.Roach Smith, Procs. Num. Soc., 19 December 1867; CHIAB, 2014, p.230-31), the Yarmouth Right is one of the most bizarre uninscribed gold staters in the British series – “one of the most enigmatic” says Dr John Sills (DK p.178) – and therefore eagerly sought after. No fewer than eight of the known specimens are tucked away in the British Museum, seven from the Yarmouth hoard. This is only the second non-plated example to be offered for public sale. The first, illustrated in ABC and from the collection of André Breton (1896-1966), was sold by us in 2003 for £2,000 and re-sold nine years later for £3,400. The above coin, arguably more attractive than the first, comes from the acclaimed Chris Fox collection. Published in Divided Kingdoms, pp.218 and 240 (this coin). See page 1, paper copy this list.

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