Addedomaros Crescent Cross. Sills class 2, dies 21/31. c.45-25 BC. Gold stater. 17mm. 5.67g. Crossed-wreath pattern with two central ‘eyelash’-crescents back-to-back./ Well-formed horse right with corded mane, pellet under head, lower parts of inscription [AӨӨIIDOMAROS] and ringed-pellet above, six-spoked wheel and pellet below. ABC 2514, VA 1605, BMC 2390-94, DK 487, S 200. CCI 11.0265 (this coin). Good EF, beautifully toned rose gold, centrally struck cartoon-like horse, hidden face clearly visible, super-sharp wreath. Ex Rev. N Hewitt collection; ex Spink 26.3.2013, lot 438; ex Chris Rudd List 114, 2010, no.41; ex Nomos 18.5.2010, lot 2. RAREbut even rarer to see in such superb condition, still the nicest we’ve had. EXCESSIVELY RARE die pair, only five others recorded.
Rainer Kretz says: “Staters this sharply struck and of such exceptional overall quality are very rare and only seldom offered for sale. Most are in museums or end up in private collections, often without resurfacing for decades. Thought of until recently as a Trinovantian ruler, Addedomaros - who spelled himself AÐÐEDOMAROS, AÐÐIIDOMAROS or AΘΘIIDOMAROS on these staters, remains an enigma. New findspot evidence suggests that his issues are predominantly concentrated in Catuvellaunian territory, although the more easterly distribution of some of his types may indicate that he also controlled at least part of the Trinovantian domains at some time. If he was indeed a Catuvellaunian prince, and assuming we are correct in assuming that his reign started around 40 BC, he may also have been a close relative of Caesar’s Cassivellaunos or possibly even his son. Addedomaros was probably the first ruler in the North Thames region to place his name on his coins, but as is so often the case with these staters, only traces of the legend are visible above the horse. Luckily a stater offered in Chris Rudd List 17, no. 22 (CCI 95.1247) comes to our aid. Struck from the same reverse die, it illustrates that the legend on this coin would have been AÐÐII[DOMAROS].” Published in Divided Kingdoms, p.541 (this coin) and in Coin News, November 2019 (this coin).
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