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132, Lot: 330. Estimate $750.
Sold for $1433. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC BRITAIN. Iceni. Circa 45-40 BC. AV Stater (18mm, 5.42 g, 10h). Freckenham Crescents Type. Two symmetrical crescents on horizontal line with pellets and "fins"; stars and pellets above and below / Round-chested Celtic horse right with \ on body; symbol above, pellet and solar wheel below, pellets around. Hobbs 3385; Van Arsdell 620-4; SCBC 426. VF, attractive Freckenham style horse, well ornamented. Rare.

From the Matthew Rich Collection. Ex Dolphin Coins (September 1993), no. 5037.

The Druids were well aware of the traditional image of Pisces, the twelfth house of the Zodiac (two opposed fish conjoined by a bar), and some Icenian Druid was probably responsible for the sign of Pisces being subtly incorporated in the design of this Freckenham gold stater, blending it cleverly with the tribal emblem of two opposed moons.