Celtic Coins

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Celtic coin production in Britain began at the very end of the second century BC with the cast potin coinage of Kent. Inspired by Gaulish issues and ultimately derived from the potin coins of massalia (Marseilles) in Southern Gaul, the precise function and period of use of this coinage is not fully understood. The domestic production of gold coins started around 17 BC these issues are traditionally known as British AP and are derived from imported Gallo-Belgic issues. Broadly, temporary with these issues are quarter staters silver units, and bronze units. Recent work by John Seals has further enhance our understanding of this crucial early period with the identification of two new British starters.

The Caratacus gold stater

Caratacus A British Chieftain of the Catuvellauni tribe.

A metal detectorist dug this beautiful gold coin in a field near Newbury, Berkshire, in November 2019. The Ledgend inscription refers to Caratacus the first freedom fighter in Britain who resisted the Roman invasion of Britain led by Claudius in A.D. 43 In fact David R Sear who is the author of Roman coins and their values stated that this coin ranks one of the most exciting numismatic discoveries on the 21st century. The coin was struck in Hampshire and although most of the coins of Caratacus were mainly silver this particular coin was the first gold coin to be dug up.

WORTH @ £30,000

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