ABC 545 -
Moon Star. Sills British C, class 2, Crescent Stars, dies 1/3?. c.50-40 BC. Gold quarter stater. 10mm. 1.20g. Stylised wreath with central ringed-pellet, animal head above./ Two crescents back-to-back with star at each end, pellet and wavy line either side, ring and crescent above, ring below. ABC 545 (this coin), VA 65, BMC 576, DK 193, S 10. CCI 05.0657 (this coin). An excessively rare type in exceptionally crisp condition, probably the finest of the few known. Ex John Follows collection, ex Chris Fox collection, ex Chris Rudd List 86, 2006, no.20. Found Lewes, East Sussex. Only three others recorded. Images: © Chris Rudd Ltd, www.celticcoins.com
Moon Star is one of the great British rarities. Only four examples are known. The first found in 1890 “on shore east of Brighton”, was acquired by Sir John Evans and is now in the British Museum (BMC 376). Over a century passed by with no others appearing. Then in 2005 the second Moon Star – a superb specimen – was found near Lewes, East Sussex. That’s the one you see above. Commenting on this coin Dr Philip de Jersey said: “It was struck somewhere in East Sussex c.50 BC and what little typological influence can be detected was perhaps coming primarily from Kent”
The third recorded Moon Star, CCI 97.2152, is unprovenanced. And the fourth was found near Laughton, East Sussex, in 2007. Over the last 130 years only four Moon Stars have come out of the ground and only two of these have ever been publicly sold. Published in The Searcher, June 2006 (this coin), Ancient British Coins, 2010, p.50 (this coin), Divided Kingdoms, 2017, pp.220 and 242 (this coin) and Coin News, April 2020 (this coin).