Celtic Coinage of Britain

third edition

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Plate 3

Imported Coinage    (Info)

 

 

 

Imported Gold and Silver Coinage

Gallo-belgic XD and F    (Info)

 

Gallo-Belgic XD Diadem Type80-01 Now 645-0181-01Gallo-Belgic F Triple-Tailed Horse Type85-01

 

 

 

 

Imported Gold coinage    

Gallo-Belgic XC    (Info)

 

Gallo-Belgic XC VE Monogram Type87-01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallo-Belgic XD (Diadem Type) has uncertain tribal origin

 

Gallo-Belgic F (Triple-Tailed Horse Type) is traditionally associated with the Suessiones

 

 

 

 

Gallo-Belgic XC (VE Monogram Type) has uncertain tribal origin

 

 

 

 

78-01

78 - 01    Diadem Type

65-50 B.C.      Extremely Rare

Gold Quarter Stater    11 mm

 

Earliest Record: Evans, 1890

 

OBV: Celticized head left

Identifying points:

     1) head wears diadem

     2) large curls of hair behind head

 

REV: Celticized horse left

Identifying points:

     1) bird-like object above horse

     2) wheel below horse

 

CLASSIFICATION: Gallo-Belgic XD

NOTES:

  - Uncertain tribal origin

  - Possibly struck in Britain

 

 

 

 

John Talbot reports that this type may now be assigned to the Iceni. The distribution of many new finds since 1989 show the type to be British, and unlikely to be a Continental import.

 

Go to 645 - 01

 

 

 

 

81-01

81 - 01    Diadem Type

65-50 B.C      Extremely Rare

Silver Unit    13 mm

 

Earliest Record: Van Arsdell, 1989

 

OBV: Celticized head left

Identifying points:

     1) diadem

     2) elliptical eye

     3) flower on stem held in mouth

     4) heart-shaped ear

     5) beard made up of curved lines

 

REV: Celticized horse left

Identifying points:

     1) S-spiral held in mouth

     2) possibly a wheel above horse

     3) triangle and four pellets below head

     4) four pellets above head

 

CLASSIFICATION: Gallo-Belgic XD

 

 

 

 

85-01

85 - 01    Triple-Tailed Horse Type

60-50 B.C.      Common

Gold Stater    6.20 gms.    19 mm

 

Earliest Record: Petavius, 1610

 

OBV: abstracted head right

Identifying points:

     1) corded-'V' to right of wreath with pellet-in-ring at base and'coffee bean' at end of arms

 

REV: disjointed horse right

Identifying points:

     1) triple-tail with pellet terminals

 

CLASSIFICATION: Gallo-Belgic F

 

NOTES:

  - Several examples found in Britain, for range of types refer to Scheers Pl. VII, no. 174

  - Mack plate 34a is modern forgery: see – (85 - 01 - 1F)

  - Standard weight given

  - Attributed to the Suessiones

 

 

 

 

87-01

87 - 01    VE Monogram Type

55-50 B.C.      Common

Gold Stater    5.85 gms.    16 mm

 

Earliest Record: Evans, 1890

 

OBV: Digamma on blank field

 

REV: disjointed horse right

Identifying points:

     1) 'S' ornament below horse

     2) double exergual line

 

CLASSIFICATION: Gallo-Belgic XC1

 

NOTES:

  - Scheers Cl. E-VI, Pl. VI, no. 157

  - No. 157 is modern Haslemere forgery: see – (87 - 01 - 1F)

  - Standard weight given

  - Uncertain tribal origin

 

 

 

 

Imported Coinage

 

Most of the coins imported into Britain were struck by the Ambiani tribe. The first imports began about 125 B.C and coins continued to be imported until the end of the Gallic War.

 

Copyright R. D. Van Arsdell 2017