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No 640 Tasciovannus "Hidden Faces" Gold Stater

No 640 Tasciovannus "Hidden Faces" Gold Stater Image

This is a beautiful coin.that has come with the following description….”Tasciovanus Hidden Faces gold stater, struck by the Catuvellauni c.20BC-AD10. References: Van Arsdell 1680, British Museum Catalogue 1591-603, Spink Coins of England 2003 edition No 214.
The Hidden Faces staters which form the trademark design of ‘Tasciovanos’ 1st and 2nd coinage are one of the loveliest examples of vibrant Celtic decorative art within the British series. Whilst the treatment of the obverse is still purely Celtic in concept, the more naturistic treatment of the horse on the reverse together with a legend already betray a degree of Roman influence. Clearly visible and forming the central feature of the obverse design are the two main hidden faces with their down turned mouths. This coin forms part of a relatively small issue at the very end of the first coinage, just prior to the exceedingly rare CAMVL stater (VA 1684). It was quite possibly issued as part of the preparations for Tasciovanos’ attempt—albeit short lived—to capture Camulodnum (Colchester), the capital of the neighbouring Trinovantes.
Tacionavus was the King of the Britons in the SE and leader of the Catulvellauni (Celts). His son was called Cymbeline (Cunobelin). Around 20 BC he minted gold, silver and copper coins and was the first King to issue inscribed Celtic coins marked with the name of Verulamium (Roman City of St Albans). His tribe was originally centered there.

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Weight:4.80 g