55 - S-Type

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Unique ID: 55

Technical details


Quarter Stater






North Thames

Issuing Authority









Very Rare (16 to 30)


53 BC to 40 BC (see note about dating)

Obverse Legend

No Legend

Reverse Legend

No Legend

Obverse Description

The obverse is blank apart from an S and two faint bands. This banding is common on Cantiaci gold coins.

Reverse Description

The reverse centres around a tree like object (also called a trophy) with a thin trunk and four thin branches; two at each side. At its base is a ringed pellet with two roots. Each root ends in a ringed pellet although the one on the right is off flan. To the left and right of the trunk are two hollow oblongs with wave patterns within. Above these, level with the lower branches, are two thin lines, although the one on the right is just a trace.

Directly above the tree is a hollow cogwheel. To its left and right are ringed pellets, and further to the left is a crescent and a ring. It’s unknown if these would have appeared on the right side as well because the coins that this derived from were asymetrical.

Bt. Mike Vosper (2019)

Ex. Unknown American collector

Noble Numismatics Sale 115 Lot 4633. 28th of July 2017

Chris Rudd List 94

CCI 07.0409

Found Hockwold, Norfolk 5th of February 2007.


ABC 2249. S-Type

Divided Kingdoms

DK 451. British Le2 – S Type

The S-Type quarter stater is part of the British Le2 series which was minted by an unknown tribe in the Essex area. There are four types of Le2 quarter staters, the others being Double Snake (see 57), Floret (see 60), and Beaded Trophy (see 56), all featuring the banded obverses that were a staple of the coins from Kent. They also all have reverses derived from GB-D, which is also common for Kentish coins (see 44), suggesting that the tribe responsible had emigrated from Kent to North of the Thames. Caesar named five tribes who surrendered to him north of the Thames, and the S on the obverse of this type suggests that it might have been the Segontiaci.

This particular coin is obverse die 2 and reverse die 4, and is the only coin known from this reverse die.