What's the English plural of Anted? The name appears on coins issued by Antedios (or Anted), an ancient king of the Iceni. I need to know the plural for making an equivalent of this category for Anteds at Wikimedia Commons.

Anteds? Antii?

Later edit: It looks like Anted is the name on both currency coins and units (challenge coins)

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    Since we don't even know the king's full name (we just know the coins say ANTED) I would pluralize it as anteds.
    – Draconis
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 3:40
  • Whoops!! I was thinking about the English plural of the word, I didn't realize that it can be interpreted as asking for the Latin plural, sorry :D - then I flagged the question for moving, to the English or to the Latin SE, as appropriate. I just need to know the plural for making an equivalent of this category for Anteds at Wikimedia Commons. I guess I should flag the question again now for moving at the English SE?
    – Fructibus
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 6:23
  • Thanks and sorry for the inter-SE bouncing mess made by my not-clear-enough question.
    – Fructibus
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 11:38
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    @AndrewLeach: Why is it obvious that "anted" is pluralized "as a normal English word", and what does that mean? Fructibus brings up the coin name "nummus", which pluralizes as "nummi". At least some people say that the currency of Equatorial Guinea, the "ekwele", ha the plural "bikwele". The Japanse currency "yen" is not pluralized as "yens". It seems to me that the plural forms of words for currency are not always obvious in English
    – herisson
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 18:49
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    @Lawrence first I asked at History SE but I haven't mentioned that I want the English plural so I got the suggestion to move it to the English or Latin SE. Then I flagged the admins to do that and they moved it to Latin. After that I realized I have to mention the language so it became clear it should be moved here. My bad for the ping-pong
    – Fructibus
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 20:45

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I found one source (only one!) that uses "Anteds":

But by the time the silver Anteds were issued (in huge numbers), for example, many of the dies are virtually the same, with relatively few die varieties.
Chadburn, Amanda Dorothy Barras (2006) Aspects of the Iron Age coinages of northern East Anglia with especial reference to hoards. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham

That same source also uses "Anted coins":

This is in direct contrast to the Anted coins, some of which do have an inscription reading ANTEDI (this legend is found on both the gold and silver coins).

I think that "Anted coins" is your best bet. It's a very uncontroversial pluralization and it's also used in other sources:

As in the case of the Anted coins, the number of dots in the rosette over the horse's back declines.
The Coins of the Iceni

...all unquestionably rulers of western origin, and all issuing coins of the larger module, in the same style as the larger ANTED coins from the same area.
Celtic Ornament in the British Isles Down to A.D. 700

I then noticed the distribution of Dobunni ANTED coins seemed to stretch toward Norfolk and that there was, apparently, another ANTED at the other end of that route.
The Iceni hypothesis — part fourteen

This appears in the series of ANTED coins.
Inscriptions on British Celtic Coins

Nearly all the Ed(n) and Symbols coins appear to be struck from worn dies, whereas the Anted and Ecen coins are fresher, although they too suffer from both circulation wear and die wear to a lesser degree.
A Hoard of Iron Age silver coins from Fring, Norfolk, and some observations on the Icenian coin series

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    Indeed, "Anted coins" sounds really nice. Thanks. It is also good for the fact that some of the Anted coins were currency and others were challenge coins (units). Unlike Nummus, this is named for a leader who issued non-currency coins too.
    – Fructibus
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 20:51

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