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Updated: 14 April 2015
- quarter stater
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.
- 200BC-125BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Alton
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Hampshire,Alton)
- Gallo-Belgic B
- Length: 23 millimetres
- Diameter: 18 millimetres
- Weight: 46.8 grammes
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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Object reference number: CGR194034
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