A rare Celtic coin is among the highlights in Dix Noonan Webb’s
Dec. 7 auction.
The circa 60 to 20 B.C. gold quarter stater, cataloged as being of
the Gallo Belgic Xd type, is one of eight known, five of which are in
the British Museum, according to the auction house. The coin, one of
many early uninscribed Celtic issues, shows a portrait of a female
figure on the obverse and a horse on the reverse.
The coin is a highlight of the Matthew Rich Collection of Celtic
Coins, which offers 182 coins from Celtic Britain, an area of
numismatics that, until the widespread expansion of metal detecting in
the early 1990s opened the field to a wider audience, was rather
limited, according to the catalog.
In Nearly Extremely Fine condition, the coin has an estimate of
£1,500 to £2,000 ($2,338 to $3,117 in U.S. funds).
The Celtic coins are just part of the offerings in the Dec. 7
auction, the firm’s 97th sale, which also includes British and world
coins, as well as jetons and numismatic literature, for a total of 899 lots.
The complete catalog can be viewed online at the firm’s website,
For additional information, telephone Dix Noonan Webb at (011) 44
20 7016 1700 or email it at email@example.com.
Some additional highlights:
England, Edward III, pre-treaty period (circa 1354 to 1355) gold
noble, Seaby 1488/1499 (Coins of England and the United
Kingdom, originally published by Seaby, now published by Spink),
Lot 243, “cracked, otherwise nearly Extremely Fine.”
England, Henry VI, circa early 1430s gold noble, Pinecone and
Mascle issue, Seaby 1824, Lot 254, “creased and with two minute
perforations on the crease line, small spade mark on reverse,
otherwise Good Very Fine with a strong portrait.”
Great Britain, George II, 1746 silver crown, VICESIMO edge, Proof,
Seaby 3690, Lot 307, “tiny surface marks in obverse field, otherwise
brilliant and practically as struck.”
Great Britain, George IV, 1820 silver pattern crown, by G. Mills
for R. Whiteaves, Lot 354, “practically as struck with attractive
light grey tone.”
Great Britain, Victoria, 1839 silver crown, plain edge, Proof,
Seaby 3882, Lot 379, “some minor scratches and hairlines in fields,
otherwise better than Extremely Fine.”
Great Britain, George V, 1934 silver crown, Seaby 4036, Lot 484,
“slight surface marks, otherwise Extremely Fine and toned.” ■