Lot 42. Britain, South Western Region. Durotriges. Mainstream series. Ca. 58 B.C.-A.D. 43 AR 1/4 stater. Badbury Starfish type.
Britain, South Western Region. Durotriges. Mainstream series. Ca. 58 B.C.-A.D. 43 AR 1/4 stater (14 mm, 1.01 g). Badbury Starfish type. Five-armed starfish, lines of pellets and pellet in circle between each arm / Zig-zag thunderbolt and line of pellets across field, eight-rayed lightning flash with rectangular body to each side. ABC 2220; Van Arsdell 1270; BMC 2780-1; SCBC 369. Scarce. Wonderfully toned. Spade mark and small area of edge missing. Extremely fine.
From the KJG Collection of British Celtic Coins. Ex Berk 135 (10 December 2003), 422.
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 starfish, and on the previous lot, a boat.