Horse and Charioteer

Gallo Belgic Broad Flan. Left Type with an Ornamented Reverse. Sills G-B Ab1, class 3b, fig 33e. Bellovaci. c.150-125 BC. Gold stater. 26mm. 7.07g. Draped bust of Apollo left with elaborate hairstyle./ Stylised horse left, charioteer above, pellet rosette below, vestigial chariot wheel behind. ABC 4 (this coin), LT 7886, Sch/GB class VII, VA 12, S 2, Sills 289-90. CCI 95.3897 (this coin). Good VF, golden gold, bold strike, full face, a stunning example. Ex Chris Bodmer collection, ex Brian Bettison collection, ex Chris Rudd collection. EXTREMELY RARE only nine others from this pair of dies. 

Chris Rudd auction text>
“With flaming golden hair and a half-moon face framed by crescent locks, this famous divine image celebrates the vital energy of sun and moon together, or the tribe’s high god and goddess (the image is androgynous). It also plays on the people’s name, Bellovaci, both elements of which mean “powerful, shining, vigilant, vigorous”. It was designed during the Cimbric emergency, when the Bellovaci led a successful but expensive resistance, saving Belgic Gaul from invasion. To this end they recruited many troops in Britain – these Class 2 Ab staters cluster around Essex – and to attract foreign mercenaries, you promise them victory and the spoils of war. Thus, in the visual idiom of Hellenistic coinage, reflecting their own distinguished history of mercenary service, we see the face of an idealised hero wearing an enormous victory wreath, whilst a winged victory guides the solar horse on the reverse. Meanwhile, in purely Belgic idiom, the amply folded, richly patterned cloak and the spike that shoots like a flare from behind the head project the godlike power of invincible military leadership. Struck from dies 26/29 (John Sills, Gaulish and early British gold coinage, p.447). Only 9 examples are known from this die pairing.”

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This coin will be auctioned on The-Saleroom 14th March 2021