Kent Archaeological Review extract

Rare Gold Stater from River Medway.

A rare gold stater, found on New Chetney Island in the River Medway was one of the items on show at a Stanley Gibbons 'Collectors Exhibition' held at Canterbury in July 1978. It is dated 1-10 AD and was issued by Dubnovellaunus the Celtic king of the Cantii tribe. He ruled all Kent from circa 15 BC and in about 1 AD he expanded his empire by conquering the Trinovantes of Essex and part of Suffolk. His reign lasted only 10 years or so and he was forced to retreat back into Kent.

The gold stater was found in the Medway together with another gold stater and a silver coin of Julius Caesar. It was issued for use in Kent and Essex and shows a prancing horse underneath which is a palm branch.

PHOTO: A Rare Gold Stater, found on New Chetney Island.

A Rare Gold Stater, found on New Chetney Island.

Also on show was a ½d Canterbury token issued in 1794 by John Matthews, a carpenter and builder by trade, and John Robertson a linen draper. The obverse shows a view of Canterbury Cathedral with the legend 'Unity Peace and Concord Goodwill to All Men'. The reverse shows the Arms of the City of Canterbury and the legend 'Protection to Our King and Country Laws and Trade' The token was issued at a time of copper shortage and used as small change.

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