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660056
Sale: CNG 66, Lot: 56. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 19 May 2004. 
Sold For $550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Britain. Corieltauvi. Circa 40-10 BC. AV Stater (5.55 gm). South Ferriby Snakes Type. Wreath motif with brick-like leaves facing inwards and curled snake above ‘spike’ / Lunate Celtic horse left, large six pointed star below. Hobbs 3148-78; Van Arsdell 811; SCBC 390. Toned VF, coppery gold, boldly struck. ($500)

Ex David Miller, May 1999.

This and the following lot are both called ‘Snakes’ on account of the coiled ornament on the obverse which seems to have a head with mouth open. A distinctive design feature of all Corieltauvian staters is that their horses are composed of crescent moons.