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Leaves. Belgae. c.55-45 BC.Celtic silver half unit. 8mm. 0.46g.

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Leaves. c.55-45 BC. Silver half unit. 8mm. 0.46g. Three-line wreath with back-to-back linear crescents at centre, large leaf above./ Annulate horse left, linear mane, large double ringed-pellet below, pellets around. ABC 965, VA−, BMC−, S−. Near EF, superbly struck in bright silver, an impeccable example. Ex Gloucestershire collection. EXCESSIVELY RARE only three others recorded, two of which are in museums. This is by far the best one.           

Sometime between c.55 and c.40 BC an engraver in Belgic Hampshire – or his Druid design adviser – had a novel notion: ‘Let’s take a leaf out of Nature and put it on our coins.’ The rich man in Hampshire who was responsible for commissioning ABC 962, 965 and 968 – all three are clearly connected and come from the same hand – must have said: ‘Okay, let’s give it a try.’ So, instead of the familiar lyre or comet (it’s hard to be sure which is which) we see on silver coins such as ABC 647, 650, 653, 683, 710, 722, 788, 872, 935, 941, 944 and 953, we now see some lovely veined leaves growing. Where did the leaf idea come from? Was it inspired by the four leaves on the Hayling Wreath gold plated quarter staters, which may have been minted specifically to be donated as a gift to Esus (‘lord’), the tree god, in a sacred oak grove on Hayling Island? Why give away solid gold-alloy coins when you can get away with gold-plated coins? Or did the leaf-minded die cutter catch sight of a Trefoil gold stater from the Corieltavian Lincolnshire? When we published ABC in 2010 we described this type as having four leaves. This example clearly shows us that the obverse is the same as Danebury Heart Leaf, ABC 962. An impressive and imaginatively designed rarity which you won’t find in Van Arsdell, the British Museum, Spink or anyone else’s sales catalogue. Compare this vegetal motif with the Corn Ear Quatrefoil half unit of the Iceni, ABC 1606, struck half a century later (Lot 19).

Leaves. c.55-45 BC. Silver half unit. 8mm. 0.46g. Three-line wreath with back-to-back linear crescents at centre, large leaf above./ Annulate horse left, linear mane, large double ringed-pellet below, pellets around. ABC 965, VA−, BMC−, S−. Near EF, superbly struck in bright silver, an impeccable example. Ex Gloucestershire collection. EXCESSIVELY RARE only three others recorded, two of which are in museums. This is by far the best one.           

Sometime between c.55 and c.40 BC an engraver in Belgic Hampshire – or his Druid design adviser – had a novel notion: ‘Let’s take a leaf out of Nature and put it on our coins.’ The rich man in Hampshire who was responsible for commissioning ABC 962, 965 and 968 – all three are clearly connected and come from the same hand – must have said: ‘Okay, let’s give it a try.’ So, instead of the familiar lyre or comet (it’s hard to be sure which is which) we see on silver coins such as ABC 647, 650, 653, 683, 710, 722, 788, 872, 935, 941, 944 and 953, we now see some lovely veined leaves growing. Where did the leaf idea come from? Was it inspired by the four leaves on the Hayling Wreath gold plated quarter staters, which may have been minted specifically to be donated as a gift to Esus (‘lord’), the tree god, in a sacred oak grove on Hayling Island? Why give away solid gold-alloy coins when you can get away with gold-plated coins? Or did the leaf-minded die cutter catch sight of a Trefoil gold stater from the Corieltavian Lincolnshire? When we published ABC in 2010 we described this type as having four leaves. This example clearly shows us that the obverse is the same as Danebury Heart Leaf, ABC 962. An impressive and imaginatively designed rarity which you won’t find in Van Arsdell, the British Museum, Spink or anyone else’s sales catalogue. Compare this vegetal motif with the Corn Ear Quatrefoil half unit of the Iceni, ABC 1606, struck half a century later (Lot 19).

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