Dumnocoveros Tigirseno

In the upcoming Chris Rudd AUCTION 182 May 14, 2022

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Lot 27.Dumnocoveros Tigirseno. c.AD 25-35. Gold stater. 18mm. 5.30g. Cruciform design comprising DVM[N] between two lines, crossed by wreath motif of large brick-like leaves facing inwards, beaded rings and wheels in angles./ Lunate horse left, pellet triad below head, TIGIR above, S in front, ENO below. ABC 1971, VA 972, BMC 3325-27, S 414. Good EF, resplendent rose gold, magnificent monogram. A fabulous example of a type we haven’t had since 2013. Found Ferryhill, Durham. VERY RARE type, EXCESSIVELY RARE this pair of dies, only five others.

“This magnificent gold stater of Dumnocoveros Tigirseno reminds how widely the family of Celtic languages spread in time and space. The name Tikirseno ‘old lord’ also occurs in this ancient Iberian inscription at Sagunto in east Spain. Tigir is also in Vortigern ‘overlord’, the 5th century AD ruler who invited Anglo-Saxon mercenaries to Britain. However, just because Tigir of the Corieltavi (another Celtic name) spoke Celtic doesn’t necessarily mean that he considered himself to be a Celt, any more than he thought of himself as being British (though the latter seems more likely). Tigir may have called himself a Celt. But, until we have evidence that he did, it’s probably more helpful to think of him as an ancient Briton and his coins as ancient British. This gold stater is a real beauty. The obverse design is satisfyingly symmetrical with the vertical stack of brick-like wreath leaves going straight down the middle, neatly dividing DVMN (which we assume to be short for Dumnocoveros) and forming an impactful cruciform motif with a circular motif in each of the four angles. It’s worth noting that two of the rings contain a triquetra. Looking at this carefully crafted, well balanced design we are inevitably reminded of Cunobelin’s biga type staters which must surely have provided the inspiration for this north-eastern stater. The reverse is equally attractive, chiefly because it beautifully displays the front part of the horse and because the inscription – like the DVMN on the other side – becomes an integral part of the overall design, rather than appendage. The TIGIR part of the name is dramatically revealed in its entirety, with every detail of every letter clearly shown.”

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