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So, how much will coins bearing these two run me? I have to do a research paper over Caesar in Gaul and Britain and have seen pictures of coins with at least Vercingetroix on them, and now I'm really interested.

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So, how much will coins bearing these two run me? I have to do a research paper over Caesar in Gaul and Britain and have seen pictures of coins with at least Vercingetroix on them, and now I'm really interested.

 

I am not as up on Celtic coins as I would like to be yet, but Bouddica's tribe were the Iceni, and that is what I would use as a search parameter on Vcoins ~ Ancient Coin Mall to find coins issued during her lifetime.

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here is the Wildwinds page of Vercingetorix coins issued by L Hostilius Saserna. Prices run from a couple of hundred dollars to much more!

 

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear5/s0418.html

 

Here is a link to coins issued by J. Caesar that show a long-haired captive on the back (which may or may not represent Vercingetorix).

 

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear5/s1405.html

 

Here are more coins showing Gallia (female personification of Gaul) after the conquest.

 

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/sear5/s0419.html

 

link to Iceni coins with one from Queen Boudicca with a very stylized bust!

 

http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/celtic/britain/iceni/t.html

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If you want an actual Gallic piece with Vercingetorixs inscription on the coin, you are looking for a gold coin of the Arverni, La Tour 3774, 3775, 3777, or 3778. I've never seen one for sale and would not want to guess at a price.

 

As close as I've seen is listed here: CGB auction gold stater

 

It brought a winning bid of 4900 Euros in 2002.

 

Many assume the figure on the Roman piece is Vercingetorix, but it is more likely a prototypical Gallic male (as is the female on the companion denarius). It is at least collectible (roughly $1,000 for a decent piece and climbing fast for a nice, well centered piece). I'm not as familiar with the British pieces, but I believe they are readily collectible (maybe a few hundred dollars?????).

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Boudicca does not appear on any coin. The head on her staters was a crude copy of a Roman coin. This is the only example I have of an Iceni coin with a head (they mostly have pairs of opposing arcs.) The coin shown was atributed to Boudicca by R.D. van Ardell.

C_Icene_1_o.jpg

C_Icene_1_r.jpg

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