Gold coin; Denomination: Stater.
This coin is from a series termed British L. Celtic coins used in Britain are referred to by reference to their place of manufacture, 'Gallo-Belgic' coins were struck in what is today France and 'British' coins in Southern England. Letters A, B etc following the issue designator indicate the chronological order of production as determined by archaeological and coin hoard studies, A being earliest, B next and so on. This coin was struck in ancient Britain, by the Catavaulauni, after Julius Caesar's invasion around 40-30 BC.
This type of stater is also known as a Whaddon Chase stater after the great find in Buckinghamshire in 1849. That hoard contained over 226 examples including many varities. Prior to this discovery the type had been considered rare.
Portions of a degraded bust, the main feature is a wreath of leaves running in two directions from the centre; the angles contain images believed to represent locks of hair and neck ornamentation
A horse to the right with a large pellet below and curved object above, an exergue decoration can be seen at the bottom.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Purchased, Felton Bequest, 1929
Type of item
17 mm (Width), 5.823 g (Weight)
Probably meant to be round but is slightly oval due to method of striking (16*17 mm)
[Book] Mack, R. P. 1975. The Coinage of Ancient Britain., p.73 No. 135 Pages
[Book] Evans, John. 1864. The Coins of the Ancient Britons., C.6 Pages