Verica Star Pegasus, VA 560-1; BM 2351-2357

OBVERSE: 8 pointed star with TA or VI in center and interlacing borders

REVERSE: Pegasus right, 'E' on exergual line below, 'R' before, 'V' above tail (VER)

AR minim, 0.23 gm

Van Arsdell has interpreted the obverse inscription as VI and others as TA. There appears to be a cross bar in the 'A' of this coin. The reverse inscription has been variously interpretated. Van Arsdell considers the letter above the horse to be a 'V' and an "almost illegible" REX on the exergual line below. The 'R' is obviously the left hind leg of the horse in this example. The letter in front of the horse has been said to be an 'R' or 'P'. The inscriptions on this coin are troublesome. Though the letters on the obverse appear to be TA, this is usually interpretated as standing for Tasciovanus, a powerful ruler of the Trinovantians from 25 - 10 BCE and an enemy of the Atrebates, but a friend of Rome. Is it unlikely that Verica would honor a former enemy. Or was this done in preparation for his trip to Rome to get help from Claudius against the Trinovantians? The reverse is not any easier. Chris Rudd interprets it as EPA (Epaticcus?, hardly as he was actively taking territory from Verica) Perhaps the VER interpretation makes the most sense, VER being the designation of Tasciovanus's mint at Verulamium (St. Albans) and a pun on Verica's VIR inscription.

15 found at Wanborough, 1984