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  • Denomination

    • quarter stater
  • Description

    Copper alloy coin die for a Gallo-Belgic B quarter stater. The die-face has an incuse design of a stylised horse and rider. The die is circular in section at the die-face, tapering to oval in section at the opposite end.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 200BC-125BC (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Gallo-Belgic B
  • Dimensions

    • Length: 23 millimetres
    • Diameter: 18 millimetres
    • Weight: 46.8 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    This coin die has been published in J. Williams et al., 'A new Gallo-Belgic B coin die from Hampshire' in C. Gosden et al. eds. 2007, Communities and Connections: Essays in honour of Barry Cunliffe, Oxford: OUP, pp.357-366.

    XRF analysis on the surface of the die revealed that the die is made of a high-tin bronze, with a composition of 52% copper, 37% tin, 4% lead, 3% arsenic, 2% antimony, 1% iron; 0.6% nickel and 0.2% silver.

    The die corresponds to John Sills' class 1c for the Gallo-Belgic BB series and has been cast from a quarter stater or stater (Sills, J. 2003 Gaulish and Early British Gold Coinage. London: Spink.). It appears to be an obverse die and would have been used with an anvil (Williams et al. ibid., p.363).


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coin die from Iron Age Britain. Face of coin die

coin die from Iron Age Britain. Face of coin die

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