New Gold Coin Type Discovered
By World Coin News
A previously unpublished gold quarter stater was
unearthed in July by a metal detectorist in east
Kent in England, according to Chris Rudd of
The coin was struck 2,000 years ago by a king of
the Cantiaci tribe, whose name means "people of
the corner land," Rudd said. It was issued by
Eppillus, Celtic for "little horse," who ruled
south of the river Thames early in the 1st
century A.D. His kingdom apparently included
Calleva, which is modern Silchester, north
Hampshire, as well as Durovernum, which is
modern Canterbury, Kent.
The letters COM.F on the obverse, short for
Commii filius, indicate that Eppillus claimed to
be a son of Commios, a former ally of Julius
Caesar who crossed the Channel to establish his
own kingdom in southern Britain.
No other examples of this ancient British gold
coin have been recorded, and it is considered to
be of the highest rarity, Rudd said. It will be
sold by auction in November and is expected to
fetch in excess of £3,000, or more than $5,000.