Reproduction Trinovantes Gold Stater
This coin is a Whaddon Chase Type.
Obverse: Devolved head of Apollo right. Two 'wings' above the laurel wreath.
Reverse: Horse galloping right. Pellets above, bean to right and pellet-in-annulet below.
History: The Trinovantes or Trinobantes were one of the Celtic tribes of pre-Roman Britain. Their territory was on the north side of the Thames estuary in current Essex and Suffolk, and included lands now located in Greater London. Their capital was Camulodunum (modern Colchester).
A new style of stater was introduced during or after Caesar's invasion of Britain in 55 B.C. The WHADDON CHASE TYPE, named after the Whaddon Chase hoard discovered in 1849, was struck in several varieties, eventually leading to the first dynastic issue of the Trinovantes. These staters were uninscribed, and depicted the head of Apollo and a galloping horse.
Date: Circa 55 - 45 BC.