“ABC 518 – Yarmouth” Coffee Mug

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“Yarmouth” Stater (Right type). Attributed to the Regini tribe, but almost certainly minted by a tribe we no longer know the name of.  Dated to c. 80-50 BC
ABC 518 (this coin), DK 177, VA 1220, S 23

The Yarmouth stater is described by John Sills in “Divided Kingdoms” (p178) as “one of the most enigmatic British stater types”. The iconography is bizarre. Apollo’s face is replaced by a three pronged “nose”, and the cloak by three claws. On the reverse, the over articulated horse has a three clawed tail and Whirling Blades of Death™ for forelegs. One of the legs ends with three claws. This coin lends weight to the theory that some Celtic coin designs were derived from trance imagery.

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Item Reference: MUG-INFO-ABC-518

Description

It’s not entirely clear who minted this coin. Sills draws parallels to the British Ad2 Geometric quarter staters and to the Gb-Ce staters which are tentatively assigned to the Catuslougi. There is no known associated quarter stater, although the Horse Geometric quarter stater is the most likely candidate. This also has similarities to the British Ad series, both with the staters and Geometric quarters. It’s probable that it was minted by a small group of refugees who came to Britain during the Gallic Wars, which might explain the small numbers found and the extremely low gold content.

The style of the horse and the similarities to the Gb-Ce staters suggest an early mint date, but the gold content is very low (an average of only 28.88%) putting them on par with British G which are dated to 57 BC to 55 BC. The gold content is so low that they were almost certainly minted towards the end of this period.

At the time of writing (2021) there are only fifteen Class 1 coins (the Right Type) recorded. Nine of them were found in the Yarmouth Hoard and are in the British Musem (8) and the Ashmolean Museum (1). One of the remaining six coins is plated.

Obverse DescriptionTypical Celtic degraded head of Apollo, but with a missing face. Instead, the hairbar ends with a three pronged object in the nose area, below which a crescent has three claw like crescents hanging from it. Above the three pronged “nose”, to the right, is a bell shaped object. Only the very edge of this can be seen on this coin.
Reverse DescriptionRight facing horse with a tail ending with three crescents, each one ending in a pellet. The forelegs are formed by a six bladed windmill motif with a pellet centre. Two arms are parallel, forming the horse’s forelegs. The lower arm of the windmill (the horse’s foot) ends in a three toed claw, although a die break makes it appear as an inverted birds head on this coin. The segment between the upper right arms has a pellet triad, and the one below has an undeterministic object.

There are nine bold pellets in a rosette arrangement above and three below the horse. Above the horse’s tail is an object that’s possibly a lyre. The exergue is formed of two parallel lines, joined by alternating diagonal lines. Between the diagonal lines are single pellets.

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