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Celtic gold brings high price in July

 Gold stater of Bodvoc, c.25-5 B.C.E. that sold for $8,515. (Images courtesy Celtic Coins)

Gold stater of Bodvoc, c.25-5 B.C.E. that sold for $8,515. (Images courtesy Celtic Coins)

Chris Rudd of Celtic Coins may be selling his personal collections but is showing no signs of slowing down.

On July 16, he sold a stunning ancient British gold stater, S-388, of Bodvoc king of the Dobunni people in 25-5 B.C.E. and known as “The Battle Crow.” The coin changed hands for $8,515 [£6,500].

“This is the highest price ever paid for a coin of Bodvoc, who was the first ruler of the Dobunni tribe to place his name on coins,” said Elizabeth Cottam of Celtic Coins.

If you missed out on that one, on Sept. 17 Rudd will be offering a gold stater discovered in Yorkshire in 2009.

This is a superb example of the issue of Tigirseno, S-414, and regarded by Rudd as the finest known: “a masterpiece of Celtic art.” That description is appropriate; “Tigirseno” means “Old Master” in Celtic. He ruled the Corieltauvi c. 25-35 C.E.

That coin is but one lot in a sale that includes numerous gold rarities from the Queensland Collection of Ancient British coins assembled by an Australian.

Rudd purchased a significant portion of the holdings prior to their being offered for public sale. Some will form part of his Sept. 17 auction. Others will be listed in a Nov. 19 catalog.

Rudd’s Roman coin collection will be part of Dix Noonan Webb’s Sept. 14 sale.

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