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Tasciovanus Pegasus type quarter stater of the Catuvellauni

I’ve mentioned before that whether or not you ever find an Ancient British coin depends mainly on where you detect. If there was a reasonable amount of human activity a couple of thousand years since in the areas you search then you have a good chance of locating something dating from that period. If there was no human activity – in, for example, most of the North of England – then your change of unearthing an Ancient British find is virtually nil. 

Rob Warwick must detect in a productive area for he found the gold quarter stater pictured here. On the obverse is TASC within a panel that rests on a wreath. On the reverse, facing left, is a winged horse with a raised tail.

 In Ancient British Coins this quarter stater is listed under the Catuvellauni as the Tasciovanus Pegasus type (number 2601) and in the Standard Catalogue it is number 226. It is rare but not as rare as many other Ancient British gold coins.


Most quarter staters are about 12mm in diameter but this one measures only 10mm; the end result is that some of the imagery is off the flan. The coin would grade about VF but the obverse and reverse impressions suggest that both dies had been in use for quite some time. It has a couple of minus points but I still a decent coin, on which my price range would be £320-350.

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