ABC 1444 -
Freckenham Crescents. Rosette and Star Type. Talbot Boar Horse B Stater, dies B/3. c.30-10 BC. Gold stater. 16-19mm. 5.40g. Two solid back-to-back crescents, pellet triad above, pellets and small V-shapes either side, line and pellet triad below./ Horse right, short-dashes for mane, star below, ladder-like exergual decoration. ABC 1444, VA 620-9, BMC 3389, S 426. CCI 09.4728 (this coin). Ex John Follows collection. Rare die pair, only 17 others recorded, including 11 in museums. Images: © Chris Rudd Ltd, www.celticcoins.com
John Follows writes: “Whereas a Greek or Roman engraver presents a horse in a realistic lifelike manner, the Celtic die cutter often deliberately distorts the horse to capture the characteristic spirit of it” (Coin News, March 2020, p.42).