Ancient Coins: CELTIC GOLD: CelticBritain, Atrebates tribe, Verica, 10-40 A.D.
AV Stater, 5.33g. 17mm. VIRI. Vine leaf. Rev. C O F. Horseman with spear and shield to right. van Arsdell 520. Exceptional quality and among the finest surviving examples.
Verica was the son of Commius, as noted on the reverse, and ruled the Atrebates tribe as a client King of Rome. His tribe was conquered by Caratacus and he was deposed c.40 A.D. This gave Claudius an excuse for invading Britain in 43 A.D. on the pretext of restoring Verica.
Ex: Kunker, W.R. collection, Auction 312, 2018, lot 1688(illustrated on front cover)
Ex: Bankhaus Aufhauser, Munich, private purchase November, 1991.
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