Celtic Coinage of Britain

third edition

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Last Uninscribed Coinages    (Info)


Introduction    54 B.C - 20 A.D.


Towards the end of the war, coin imports largely ceased and locally-made coins now circulated in specific areas, with little overlap (51). As a result, findspot maps delineated tribal territories with increasing clarity as time goes on. The story of the postwar coinage is one of three major regions: the North Thames, the South Thames, and that of the Peripheral Tribes.

North of the Thames, the Trinovantes/Catuvellauni emerged as a powerful economic force and maintained their trading networks, evidently with success. They established an economic, if not a political hegemony over their neighbours, the Iceni, and seem to have had some influence over the Icenian coinage.

South of the Thames, the Atrebates/Regni/Belgae continued as the most powerful tribe. Cantian territory, at first independent with its own coinage, came under increasing Trinovantian/Catuvellaunian influence. Eventually, it became a disputed area with the Atrebates/Regni/Belgae and Trinovantes/Catuvellauni vying for control.

The Peripheral Areas included the territories of the Corieltauvi, Dobunni and Durotriges. These three tribes maintained their independence and each had its own coinage.


Next Section – Last uninscribed coinages North Thames region









Van Arsdell 1992g, for a general discussion






626 - 01    Earlier Freckenham Type

15 B.C. - 20 A.D.      Scarce

Gold Stater    5.70 gms.    18 mm


Earliest Record: Evans, 1864


OBV: Floral pattern

Identifying points:

  1. flower superimposed on cross of pellets
  2. stylized three-petal flower with central pellet surrounded by circle
  3. curved lines in angles of pellet-cross


REV: Celticized horse right

Identifying points:

  1. seven or eight-spoked wheel below horse
  2. large outline crescent decorated with zigzag line and pellets
  3. three pellets in triangular pattern below outline crescent





  • Relative dating based on die-linking within the hoard
  • Reverse die often worn
  • Standard weight given
  • Many are in museums
  • Modern forgery of a Freckenham Type is known, see 624 - 01F

(see catalogue listing for 624-01F)





This section discusses the last uninscribed coins struck after the Gallic War


Copyright R. D. Van Arsdell 2017