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Estimate: 2'500 GBP   |   Starting price: 2'000 GBP Online bidding closed
Cunobelinus Classic. Bar Type. Sills class 7b, Classic A, Workshop 2, dies 65r/122. c.AD8-41. Gold stater. 16mm. 5.39g. Ear of barley without central stalk, CA to left, MV to right, bar below MV./ Robust classic-style horse right, rearing up on hind legs, branch above, CVNO on exergual line, beaded border. ABC 2795, VA 2025, BMC 1828 (plates), DK 566, S 288. CCI 04.0249 (this coin). Near EF, lustrous rose gold, magnificent horse, sharp lettering. Ex Christoph Bodmer collection, found near Northampton. VERY RARE type, this die pair EXCESSIVELY RARE only five others with this reverse die, including the British Museum’s (BMC 1828).

Dr John Sills says: “Class 7b is struck form a single obverse die, Plastic obverse 65. In its original state it is paired with the first Classic reverse, 116, but is then recut with a bold horizontal bar added to the right of the barley ear below the MV of CAMV…The most likely explanation is that it defines the output of a second anvil operating in parallel with the main workshop” (DK, p.629). Commenting on our coin in 2006 Dr Philip de Jersey, author of ‘An introduction to Cunobelin’s gold’ (Chris Rudd List 35, 1998, p.2-3), wrote: “An obverse like this is a godsend to numismatists…we need have very little hesitation in identifying the coin right down to the level of individual dies. In this case it corresponds to dies Ac for the Classic A type in Derek Allen’s paper on ‘Cunobelin’s gold’ (Britannia 6, 1975).” Published in Divided Kingdoms, p.685 (this coin).

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