104 - British Ad1 Tarring

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Unique ID: 104

Technical details
Issuing AuthorityReginiIssuerUnknown
RarityRare (31 to 50)Date70 BC to 55 BC (see note about dating)
Obverse LegendNo Legend
Reverse LegendNo Legend
Obverse DescriptionThe obverse is a standard abstract rendition of Apollo’s head with some novel features. The leaves in the wreath point downwards, and the hairlocks have a fish-hook or sickle appearance, with a pellet within each hook. The wider ends of the hairlocks are spikier than normal. There’s a spiky thorn-like motif above the hairlocks, and another two below the wreath.
Reverse DescriptionThe reverse shows a fairly standard Westerham style horse, copied from British Aa class 2 (see 96).

CCI 20.0810

Bought (indirectly) from finder (2020)

Found Tortington, near Arundel

Divided KingdomsDK 131 – 132. British Ad1 Class 3 – Tarring

British Ad1 Tarring staters are stylistically derived from the British Aa1 Westerham staters (see 96), but they actually follow on from the Insular Cf1 staters (see 102). Despite being stylistically very different from each other, Insular Cf1 and British Ad1 are linked by an obverse die shared between Insular Cf2 (see 29) and British Ad2 Geometric (see 49, 105, 106, and 108) quarters. The Insular Cf coins were probably minted by Belgic settlers in Britain, but it is not known whether the design switched to a Westerham style because they came under the control of a British tribe, or because they needed their coins to be accepted by a British tribe. The Westerham style was used accross the south of Britain and north of the Thames.

The Tarring stater is associated with the British Ad2 Geometric (see 49, 105, 106, and 108) and British Ad2 Nipple (see 11) quarter staters.

This coin is from obverse die 3 and reverse die 5. Obverse 3 has “spiky thorns” in the obverse, and Chris Rudd named this the Westerham South “Spiky Type” in list 123 (May 2012). “Divided Kingdoms” only lists two other coins from this die pair (the one in the British Museum can be seen here). It is interesting that all three coins from these dies are cracked.

The second obverse die for the British Ad2 Geometric quarter fetures this “spiky thorn” motif as well (this coin for example), suggesting that the end of the Geometric quarters was around obverse number three (of six) of the staters.