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Stater of the Corieltauvi

Alan Reynolds asked if I could let him have a valuation on this Ancient British gold stater. It’s a coin of the Corieltauvi, which was the tribe based the furthest north of those that issued coins.

On the obverse of this coin is a wreath design, which is fairly typical of the Corieltauvi. On the reverse is a disjointed horse facing left, with an open diamond-shape containing four pellets above and a spiral below. In Ancient British Coins staters like this one are listed are the Kite type (number 1761); in the Standard Catalogue they are listed as number 392.

Like many coins in the Ancient British series, most stater types of the Corieltauvi are not as rare as they used to be. This explains why the catalogue price for the Kite type in Fine condition is the same today as it was 20 years since.


The obverse on Alan’s coin is flat in one quarter, which could be due to a weak strike or the use of a worn die. The reverse is fully struck up but looks as if it would grade only Fine. In its present state of preservation a likely pre-sale auction estimate would be £200 – £250.

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