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Celtic gold looking for next owner

Top, gold stater (ABC 1444) to be offered in the Chris Rudd sale in January. One of c.90 found at Freckenham, Suffolk, in 1885. (Image courtesy Chris Rudd.) Bottom, line engraving of the crock found containing 90 gold coins of the Iceni at Freckenham. (Image ex. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, 1889)

Back in 1885, a resident of Freckenham in Suffolk, England, experienced some pot luck while digging in his garden. He found a pot, inside which were 90 Celtic gold coins.

Twenty-six have ended up in the British Museum, mostly sourced from the collection of Sir John Evans, author of “The Coins of the Ancient Britons” (1884, 1890).

Another went to a colleague of Sir John, Bernard Roth, who wrote for the Numismatic Chronicle and British Numismatic Journal from 1904 to 1912. It was then acquired by Richard Lockett, author of both “The Coinage of Offa” (1920) and “The Coins of Truro and Exeter” (1936).

From Lockett, it passed to Commander Richard Mack, author of “The Coinage of Ancient Britain” (1953, 1964, 1975). That coin is now headed for the block.

On Jan. 13, 2019, it will be auctioned in Aylsham, Norfolk, by Elizabeth Cottam of Chris Rudd Ltd. as part of e-auction Chris Rudd List 162. This will take place from Wednesday, Jan. 3, to Sunday, Jan. 13.

Interested collectors can go to https://celticcoins.com/coins-sale-eauction/ and follow instructions. Or simply email liz@celticcoins.com.


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