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Lot 11

Estimate: 2'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'000 GBP Online bidding closed
Leon Cruciform. c.50-40 BC. Gold quarter stater. 12mm. 1.18g. Central back-to-back crescents on cruciform wreath with ringed-pellet in centre, various ornaments in angles./ Horse left, wheel above with beaded rim, pellets and ringed-pellets around. ABC-, VA-, BMC-, DK-, S-. CCI 18.0442 (this coin). Good VF, pale gold, well ornamented, well centred. Unpublished and EXCESSIVELY RARE only one other recorded.

The design of this exquisitely engraved and exceedingly scarce Leon Cruciform gold quarter stater seems to owe more to early North Thames gold coins, such as the Westbury stater (ABC 2442) and Harlow Wheel quarter (ABC 2463), than to other southern region quarters. However, the Hampshire provenance of this and the only other known example, suggest that it was a local issue of the Hampshire Belgae. The first was found near Bentworth, Hants., 2016, CCI 16.0722. This was found near Micheldever, Hants., by Tom Pisarek on Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018 (well done, Tom! you're no April fool). Tom’s coin is better struck than the first and clearly displays a most beguiling little hidden face with a big crescent smile.

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