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Ancient British Silver Unit – Cunobelinus Horseman Type

Here is my Valuation of Andrew Thompson’s Ancient British Silver Unit

I’ve heard it said on many occasions that coins can be like buses: you wait ages for one and then two turn up together. Last week I put up on the website an Ancient British silver unit found by Andrew Thompson. It was a coin of the Catuvellauni and Trinovantes, with a star above and below two panels on the obverse – the top one containing CVNO and the bottom one with BELI. The horse and rider facing right on the reverse had CVN below. In Ancient British Coins this is listed as the Cunobelinus Horseman type (number 2858) . In the Standard Catalogue it is number 302.

The type is very rare so I wouldn’t expect to see another one soon, if ever. However, detecting is a funny old game and a couple of day after the first one came in it was followed by another silver stater of exactly the same type. The second example was found by Roger Paul and is illustrated here.


Both sides are slightly off centre but the coin is otherwise in strong VF condition with good eye appeal. I valued Andrew’s coin at £180 – 200. Being in better condition, I’d give this one a pre-sale auction estimate of £250-280.

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