Lot 41. Britain, South Western Region. Durotriges. Mainstream series. Ca. 58 B.C.-A.D. 43 AR 1/4 stater. Duro Boat Bird type.
Britain, South Western Region. Durotriges. Mainstream series. Ca. 58 B.C.-A.D. 43 AR 1/4 stater (10 mm, 1.23 g). Duro Boat Bird type. Three men in a boat design; in left field, pellet rosette / Zig-zag thunderbolt across field, Y-shape, bird, and uncertain objects to each side. ABC 2208; Van Arsdell 1242; BMC 2734-47; SCBC 368. Wonderful iridescent toning. Superb extremely fine.
From the KJG Collection of British Celtic Coins. Ex Berk 135 (10 December 2003), 415.
The Durotriges were seafaring confederation of tribes centered on the southwestern coast of Britain. They enjoyed close cross-Channel ties with the Armorican tribes in northwestern Gaul, principally with the Coriosolites, and supported a large sea-borne trade. During the mid first century B.C., both Caesar's conquests in Gaul as well as pressure from Commios in West Sussex severely inhibited their trade. The types of their fractional coins often employ marine-related motifs, such as here a boat, and on the following lot, a starfish.