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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 1237. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $2400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC ENGLAND. Atrebates in Essex and Sussex. Verica. Circa 10-42 AD. AV Stater (5.33 gm). Vine leaf type. Vine leaf, VIR[I] / COF, warrior, holding shield and spear, on horse right; "box" below. Hobbs 1159-67 var.; Van Arsdell 520-1; SCBC 121; CCI 02.0136. EF, rose gold. Extremely rare variant, only nine others recorded. [See color enlargement on plate 22] ($1500)

Found near Andover, Hants.

“One of the best known 'error’ coins in the British Celtic series” says Dr Philip de Jersey. See Robert Van Arsdell, "Clashed Dies and the Organization of Verica’s Mint," in NumCirc November 1994.

This must be one of the best-known "error" coins in the British Celtic series. Sometime after the obverse die had first come into use ­ because at least half a dozen coins survive from this obverse, without the later damage ­ it was struck by a reverse die without a blank flan in place between the two dies. Elements of the reverse design were thus transferred onto the obverse die: the O above the horse is clearest, at about 1 o’clock on the clashed die, while the F is roughly at 7 o’clock. The reverse die, presumably damaged beyond repair or further use, was abandoned. Rather than abandoning the clashed obverse die as well, however, it was used in combination with new reverse dies; and hence the creation of coins such as the one we see here.