ABC 1067 var. -
Tincomaros Warrior ComF/C-Tail Star. Sills class 5b , Native Warrior ComF/Tin[c], dies 12/18. c.25BC-AD10. Gold stater. 18mm. 5.38g. COM F in incuse rectangle./ Warrior on horse rearing right, holding spear, star above, TIN below, horse’s tail as C, blob below, beaded border. ABC 1067 var., VA−, BMC 770, DK 336 var., S 76. CCI 20.0250 (this coin). Ex John Follows collection. Very rare - only seven others recorded, including five in the British Museum. Not in Van Arsdell. Images: © Chris Rudd Ltd, www.celticcoins.com
The first known specimen of the extremely rare C-Tail Star type (so called because the horse’s crescent tail acts as the letter C of TINC) belonged in the collection of Sir John Evans (1823-1908) who says it “was purchased at Swindon, Wilts., and was probably found in that neighbourhood”; it was acquired by the British Museum in 1919 (BMC 770). The other four C-Tail Star types in the British Museum all came from the so-called ‘Alton’ hoards of 1996 (actually found a dozen miles away, just north of East Meon, Hants). John Follows’ superb C-Tail Star stater is only the second to be offered for public sale. The first was sold by Glendining’s in 1987 and later by Chris Rudd in 2003.