Margaret Thatcher's Sister Coin [The Searcher, February 2009, Page 8]
...a few numismatic words from Brett Hammond of TimeLine Originals

The finding of this coins made headline news in several national papers. Inevitably, given the quite remarkable similarity of the obverse portrait to the face of Margaret Thatcher, it was the connection with the famous politician that popular journalists wanted to emphasize and write about. An added bonus for them was that the finder lives just few miles from Grantham, Mrs Thatcher's childhood home. But as a dealer in rare and valuable coins, I was struck just as much by the coins condition. As soon as the finder asked me to examine it and comment on its rarity and value I knew he had certainly recovered something special from the ground.

It is of course a Celtic silver unit struck by the Trinovatian tribe between 45 - 40 BC. The obverse boasts an abstract female head facing right with a long pointed nose. The reverse has an annulate horse facing right with a cabled mane, and a bird above degraded from the mid Whaddon Chase type. I would grade it as extremly fine. I've looked at two similar pieces in national museums and I'm sure that of the ten that have so far come to light, this is without doubt one of the best. Furthermore, the find spot is interesting as it is outside of the Trinovatian tribe's territory. Their capital was Caesaromagvs, which is located in Widford near Chelmsford, Essex; their territory raging from Essex to South Suffolk. To summarise: another remarkable find demonstrating once again the importance of metal detectorists when it come to adding to our numismatic knowledge.


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