Tasciovanus Stater: Wreath (obverse); Horse and Armed Rider (reverse)

Tasciovanus Stater: Wreath (obverse); Horse and Armed Rider (reverse)

c. 20 BC–AD 10

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Gold

Diameter: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Weight: 5.49 g (0.19 oz.)

Die axis: 8

The Norweb Collection 1969.151

Location

Did you know?

The name Tasciovanos is only known through coin and appears to have become king of the Catuvellauni around 20 BC.

Description

The clarity of the obverse legend sets this piece beyond all doubt. The meaning of RICON, which on some other specimens occurs as RICONI or RIGON, is uncertain. Some authorities believe it to be the Celtic form of REX or king. A high quality or workmanship, the horse has a clear, three-dimensional appearance. The warrior's cuirass is a point of interest as it may show mail being used. The warrior's shield is on his outstretched left arm, trailing behind the horse as the rider turns in his saddle, probably encouraging his army.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Numismatics
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Coins
Medium: 
Gold
Credit line: 
The Norweb Collection

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