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Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 660. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 January 2006. 
Sold For $800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Britain. The Corieltauvi. Uninscribed. Circa 100-50 BC. AV Quarter Stater (1.36 g). Scyphate type. Schematic boar to left, with central pellet / Large S-spiral with two pellets-in-annulets in curves; \ and crosses with double arcs at sides. May, "The Earliest Gold Coinages of the Corieltauvi?" Celtic Coinage: Britain and Beyond (BAR 222: 1992), 1142 = J. Kent, "Coin Register," BNJ 58 (1988), 97b = CCI 93-0481 (this coin); Hobbs 3189; Van Arsdell -; SCBC 395. Good VF. Rare, one of about thirty specimens known, of which only a handful are undamaged. ($1000)

From the Dr. Thomas Dailey Collection; found near Kettlethorpe in Lincolnshire.

The first of these pÉculiar, deeply concave, coins was found by a metal detectorist at Ludlow in Lincolnshire in 1981. Nothing like it had been seen before in the British Celtic series, and at first some suspicion was attached to the find. However, the expansion of metal detecting led to further finds, and by 1992 Jeffrey May could report twenty examples known, from thirteen different sites. The thin cupped flans remain without parallel in the British series, resembling nothing more than the regenbogenschüsselchen (little rainbow cups) of central Europe, and the direction of cultural influence is a puzzle. The boar, however, became the standard type of later Corieltauvi silver coins.