Caratacus Warrior. c.AD40-43. Gold stater. 16mm. 5.35g. Ear of barley, [C]V to left, NO to right./ Naked warrior on stallion right, holding javelin and shield, CARAT around, beaded border. ABC−, VA−, BMC−, DK−, S−. CCI 20.0001 (this coin). Good VF, rich rose-gold, bold barley, crisp lettering, magnificent warrior. Found near Newbury, Berkshire, 2019. A superb example of a previously unknown and unpublished type. Of the highest rarity and possibly UNIQUE?
In 2002 we sold the first recorded minim of Solidu. In 2006 the first silver unit of Inamn. In 2011 the first gold stater of Anarevitos. In 2012 the first bronze unit of Agr. In 2014 the first gold quarter stater of Dubn not in a museum. In 2016 the first gold stater of Sam. Now we have the good fortune to be selling the first known gold coin of Caratacus, Britain’s first famous freedom fighter and the best known member of Britain’s first famous royal family. David R.Sear, author of Roman Coins and their Values (RCV), regarded by many as the world’s foremost authority on ancient numismatics, says the Caratacus stater “must surely rank amongst the most exciting numismatic discoveries of the 21st century if not of all time” (pers.comm. 2.7.2020). We can be reasonably certain that wherever it goes, to a private collection or to a public institution, it will be – and will remain – one of the most important coins in their possession.
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