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CNG 100, Lot: 1051. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Trinovantes & Catuvellauni. Andoco. Circa 10 BC-AD 10. AV Stater (18mm, 5.50 g). Andoco Phallic Bucranium (Trinovantian Q) type. Crossed vertical and horizontal wreaths with opposed crescents at center; annulets and sprays forming hidden faces in quarters / Horse leaping right; phallic bucranium and annulet within ring of pellets above; AND O before. Kretz, Problem fig. 2; Van Arsdell1860-1; ABC 2715; SCBC 262. Good VF, weak strike on obverse. Rare.

From the collection of Dr. Lawrence A. Adams, purchased from Classical Numismatic Group, April 1994.

Dr. Adams wrote: “A common characteristic of Celtic decorative art is a face, often highly stylized, hidden within the design. This coin has a pair of hidden faces with the pellet-in-ring motif forming the eyes, the outline crescent the mouth, and the pellet forming the nose.”