DEALER in Celtic » What you need to know


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Abbreviations: AV gold, AR silver, AE bronze, F fine, VF very fine, EF extremely fine, g. grams, l., left, r., right.

References. ABC = E Cottam, P de Jersey, C Rudd & J Sills Ancient British Coins, 2010 VA = R Van Arsdell Celtic Coinage of Britain 1989, BMC = R Hobbs, British Iron Age Coins in the British Museum, 1996, COI = E Cottam, C Rudd Coins of the Iceni, 2022, DK = J Sills Divided Kingdoms, 2017, S – Spink Coins of England 2024 ed.

Accuracy. Little is known of iron age rulers, mints and moneyers. So all our dates, attributions and descriptions are hypothetical, not factual.

Grading. Iron age flans rarely bear the whole die image. For example, an unworn coin graded ‘Good VF’ may lack part of the design or legend.

Metals. All Celtic coins are alloys, e.g. gold coins are a variable mix of gold, silver and copper.

Rarity of Ancient British coins based on Celtic Coin Index: RRRR excessively rare 1-5, RRR extremely rare 6-15, RR very rare 16-30, R rare 31-50, S scarce 51-100. Remember, most coin finds are unreported. So these figures are only a rough guide to rarity.

Authenticity. All our coins are guaranteed genuine. In the unlikely event of one proving to be a modern fake, return it to us and we’ll refund you the full price you paid us.

Provenances. All findspots, where known, are given to buyers at the time of purchase, subject to finders’ consent. Publishing them can encourage illicit detecting.

Celtic Coin Index. Most of our coins come from metal detectorists and are reported to the Celtic Coin Index, Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PG.

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