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Lot 18

Estimate: 1'250 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'000 GBP Online bidding closed
Norfolk Wolf. Right Type. Talbot JA, die group 4, dies M 20. c.55-50 BC. Gold stater. 16mm. 6.10g. Icenian wreath motif with upward-facing leaves./ Wolf standing right with open jaws, teeth and tongue visible, two tiny pellets, large pellet and crescent below (forming smiling face), beaded exergual line. ABC 1393, VA 610-1, BMC 213-216, S 30. CCI 17.1179 (this coin). Good VF, pale yellow gold, well centred with well struck wolf. Ex David Turner collection. EXTREMELY RARE only eight others with this die pair.

There’s no doubt about it. There’s a smiling face under the wolf. But whose face is it? We suspect it’s the face of a Celtic deity. The crescents in the exergual motif were copied from Gallic War Uniface gold staters (see lot no.4).

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