In the sweaty midst of Britain’s brief blowtorch heatwave some record highs were recorded for Ancient British silver coins in Chris Rudd’s July 17 sale in Norwich. A rare Bury Diadem silver unit of the Iceni – Queen Boudica’s tribe – was sold for £5,500; a rare Worthing Wonder silver unit of West Sussex realized £2,000; and an Eppillus Grapevine silver unit and Helmet Lyre silver unit each went for £1,600. In the same sale a rare gold stater of Sego, reportedly the finest in private hands (five of the eight known are in public museums), achieved £8,000 and a gold stater of the Durotriges of Dorset realized £2,600, the highest price ever paid for the type. “I’m delighted that the demand for high-grade Celtic coins remains undiminished,” says Chris Rudd, currently enjoying his retirement from the comfort of his garden chair. He adds: “Wise buyers are targeting Celtic coins that combine high quality with high rarity, a collecting policy I’ve always heartily endorsed, even more so in the current economic climate.” Chris Rudd’s next all-Celtic auction will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022.