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Gold Stater of the Trinovantes and Catuvellauni

27 Aug 2019  Tue

The Gold Stater of the Trinovantes and Catuvellauni is a classic example of Celtic Coinage of Britain. Scholars believe that these coins were issued post-war to honor the victorious side.

Celtic Coinage was the coins minted by the Celts - an Indo-European ethnolinguistic group of Europe from the late 4th century BC to the late 1st century BC. Celtic coins were influenced by trade with and the supply of mercenaries to the Greeks. The initial phase of the coinage shows Greek Influence. After this phase, the execution of coins started to become more symbolic.

Over 45,000 of the ancient British and Gaulish coins discovered in Britain have been recorded. The Trinovantian tribe of Camulodunon minted a large number of coins during the 1st centuries of BC and Ad. These coins have been found across Southern Britain. When the Trinovantes was later occupied by the Catuvellauni, the design was transferred. The common motif appeared on the gold staters issued by Trinovantes and Catuvellauni are similar.

The Gold Stater shown above belongs to the AD 8-41. It depicts on the obverse, a grain ear flanked by the letters “CA-MV” with crescents interlocking on the lower stalk. The reverse depicts a horse rearing right with a branch above him and letters “CVNO” below.

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