Chute gold stater
The Belgae, ‘the people who swell (with anger/battle fury’) of the Southern Region, were originally immigrant settlers around the Solent and Test valley, whose land later included Winchester (Venta Belgarum). They, or another group in this area, issued uninscribed coins, c.65-45 BC, possibly near Chichester, Portsmouth and Danebury.
Chute. c.65-58 BC. Gold stater. 18mm. 6.00g. Wreath pattern with downward facing leaves./ Triple-tailed disjointed horse left, blobs and shrimp above, ‘bird-like’ ‘coffee-bean’ behind, wavy-armed crab below, zigzag exergual decoration. ABC 746, VA 1205, BMC 35-76, DK 302, S 22. Good VF, neat flan of yellow gold, nice exergual decoration. Was £800. Now only £700
The rich Chute king may have made his money from cross-Channel trading, hence the sea creatures on his staters. Like a later Isle of Wight ruler (ABC 1385, 1388) he too could have been called Crab, which may be why a crab features so prominently on his staters.
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