Oaks and Acorns


"Bronze ostur or acorn pendant measuring 2 1/2 inches long with suspension loop. Covered in a light soil, used as a fertility amulet. The ostur gets its name from an ancient town of the same name on the current Portugese/Spanish border. "

Left image and information, thanks to Ken Dorney

Below: Osturs from my collection (scale is in mm)

The Coinage of Ostur

AE 32, 17.7 gm

Obverse: Hog right, OSTVR under exerguel line
Reverse: Acorn pointed right between palm leaves
Burgos 1548


AE Semis,
Obverse:Acorn pointed right
Reverse: OSTVR between palm leaves
Burgos 1549

AE Semis,
Obverse: Acorn pointed right, OSTVR
Reverse: Palm leaves
Burgos 1550 (1551, acorn pointed left)

Top: AE 18, 3.80 gm

Bottom: AE 22, 7.64 gm

In my opinion the bronze coinage od Celt-Iberia should be described in millimeters, like Roman Colonial coins, and not as denominations as Burgos does. These 2 coins, both called semis, underscore this opinion.

Later Roman Hispania issues may be more consistent in size and weight so that demoninations are appropriately used. My experience in that period is limited.

Tne ancient sity of Ostur, was near Carmona, Spain in the Guadalquivir river valley. The coinage of Ostur is very rare. High grade AEs are exceptional. I have never seen one offered.

bill501@kernunnos.com if you have informationabout Ostur or sources of its coins for sale.

Drawings of the coins are scanned from Burgos, Alvarez La Moneda Hispanica, 1987, ISBN 8485711165