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Lot 35

Estimate: 4'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 3'600 GBP Online bidding closed
Andoco Phallic Bucranium. Sills class 1, dies 1/5. c.20BC-AD10. Gold stater. 16-18mm. 5.40g. Crossed-wreath motif with two opposed moons and four ringed-pellets in centre, concealing stylised hidden faces./ Full-bodied horse galloping right with pin-cushion mane, bucranium and ring above, AND below, O in front, unidentified creature or object in exergue. ABC 2715, VA 1860, BMC 2011-14, DK 513, S 262. CCI 02.1021 (this coin). VF/Good VF, golden gold, bold horse, clear ANDO and bucranium. Ex Christoph Bodmer collection, found near St.Albans, Herts. VERY RARE only 25 others, EXTREMELY RARE reverse die, only six others including two in the British Museum.

Dr John Sills thinks Andoco may have served as a stand-in for Tasciovanos. He writes: “Tasciovanos appears to have initiated a military campaign south of the Thames after the death of Dubnovellaunos and the latter’s replacement by a short-lived Vosenos. He may have left Andoco, presumably a brother or son, in charge of Verlamion while he was away, not only to maintain order but also to guarantee the succession should he be killed…An alternative scenario is to see Andoco as a regent left in place while Tasciovanos travelled either to Gaul or Rome to pay court to Augustus” (DK, p.754-5). We think that the ‘unidentified creature or object’ under the horse could well be a serpent or dragon (see note on No.33). When commenting on this coin in 2006 Rainer Kretz, author of ‘The problem with Andoco…’ (SNC, October 2002, p.267-271), wrote: “In a series where suspected fakes abound (seven have been recorded so far), this is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine example…This example is particularly interesting as it suggests that the exergue contains some kind of a loop and perhaps a stylised wheel next to it.” We’d rather see the head of a dragon below the horse’s forelegs. No other specimen demonstrates this so clearly. Mentioned twice (this coin) in Divided Kingdoms (Chris Rudd 2017) pp.580 and 606.

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