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Rare Roman and Viking finds sold by Noonans

On 18 July 2023, Noonans held an auction of “British Iron Age Coins, Ancient Coins And Antiquities”. It included several recent detecting finds, including a “unique” Viking die and a Roman gold aureus, both of which sold for figures in line with expectations.

To view any of my selected lots in the auction catalogue click on the lot number. The full catalogue can be found here.

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Featured lot

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Gold Aureus of Claudius

Mint: Rome
Estimate: £4,000 – £5,000
Hammer: £4000

This aureus is part of a series of coins issued by Claudius to celebrate his father’s military triumphs. It was found in December 2022 and recorded at the PAS as FASAM-EE7A78 where it was considered a Find of Note.

The reverse shows DE GERMANIS on architrave of triumphal arch surmounted by equestrian statue left between two trophies. The obverse has the bust of Nero Claudius Drusus and the legend NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP. It recognises his military success in Germania and was issued some 50 years after his death.

Nero Claudius Drusus

Three months before he was born, Drusus’s mother divorced her current husband and married the Emperor Augustus who brought him up as his own son. He was granted public offices at an early age and Augustus arranged an advantageous marriage. In his lifetime he was one of the most celebrated military commanders, rapidly gaining a string of victories and conquests in Germania.

On 1 August 10 BC he dedicated the great Altar of Lugdunum to Augustus. The same day saw the birth of his youngest son Claudius, who struck this aureus in posthumous remembrance. The following March, at the age of 29, he died after falling of a horse.

Other detecting finds

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Cheriton Wheel type Stater of the Belgae

Found near Grace’s Farm, Easton (Hampshire), in January 2022
Estimate: £700 – £900
Hammer: £650
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Stater of the ATREBATES and REGNIS

Found in 2012 as part of the Chawton Hoard.
Estimate: £1,200 – £1,500
Hammer: £1800
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Quarter stater of the Durotriges

Found near Corhampton, Hampshire, in 2021. Obverse: crescent with three appendages (’three men in a boat’), rosette to left. Reverse: zigzag thunderbolt dividing various ornaments
Estimate: £300 – £360
Hammer: £950
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Aureus of Claudius

Found near Colchester, Essex in c. 2000 and recorded at the PAS as FASAM-91B6B9. Reverse shows Constantia seated left on curule chair, feet on stool with right hand raised. Mint of Lugdunum.
Estimate: £5,000 – £6,000
Hammer: £4200
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Denarius of Didia Clara

Found in 2021 at Eshton, North Yorkshire and recorded at the PAS as SWYOR-7D4B98 where it was considered a Find of Note of National Importance, being the first coin of Didia Clara to be recorded at the PAS. Reverse show Hilaritas standing. Mint: Rome.
Estimate: £900 – £1,200
Hammer: £2000
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Denarius of Carausius

Found near Horncastle, Lincolnshire in 2022 and recorded at the PAS as LIN-067DA3. Reverse has Lion, radiate, advancing left, holding thunderbolt in jaws. The only specimen available to buy, with the other known example being in the Ashmolean Museum.
Estimate: £5,000 – £7,000
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Denarius of Carausius

Found near Winchester, Hampshire in 2023 and recorded at the PAS as HAMP-AD1661. Reverse:  RENOVAT ROMANO, Wolf standing right, suckling twins.
Estimate: £4,000 – £5,000
Hammer: £4200
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