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Lot 36

Estimate: 1'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'200 GBP Online bidding closed
Cunobelinus Linear with Pellet under A. Sills class 2, dies 11/19. c.AD8-41. Gold stater. 15mm. 5.48g. Barley ear with whiskers and faint central stalk, CA to left, M[V] to right, pellet under letter A./ Horse right, ladder mane, branch above with pellet above and below, CVN below, pellet border. ABC 2774 var., VA 1925 var., BMC 1774 (these dies), DK 551, S 282. Good VF/EF, lustrous rose-gold, smooth surfaces, bold horse, sharp CVN. A lovely example. EXTREMELY RARE die pair, only seven others recorded including one in the British Museum

This superb Linear stater, struck from Allen dies Oo (Sills 11/19), has a small pellet below the letter A. It was Derek Allen who first drew attention to such privy marks that show up on Linear dies (‘Cunobelin’s gold’, Britannia 6, 1975, p.3-4). Dr John Sills says: “They are probably die identification marks used by moneyers but their precise meaning, if any, is unknown” (DK, p.624).

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