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Celtic Tribes in Thrace

Southern Danubian Celts, c. Late 4th - Early 3rd Century B.C.

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The earliest Celtic imitations of Philip II tetradrachms are very similar to the Macedonian originals. It isn't always completely clear if a coin is a Celtic imitative or an oddly engraved Macedonian original. Fairly quickly the imitative inscriptions were shortened and then blundered. Over time the head of Zeus was increasingly "Celticized" and eventually both the head of Zeus and the horseman devolved into barely recognizable abstract forms. This coin is similar to the original but, with a rather exotic head of Zeus, could never be confused with the Macedonian prototype.
SH66569. Silver tetradrachm, cf. CCCBM I 6 (Λ vice thunderbolt), Lanz 360 (same), Gbl OTA 14/5 (thunderbolt but other symbols different), Castelin 1215 (same), VF, some corrosion, weight 14.207 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, c. late 4th - early 3rd century B.C.; obverse Celticized laureate head of Zeus right, dot border; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠ−OY, naked youth on horse pacing right holding palm frond, thunderbolt over torch below, dolphin below raised foreleg, dot border; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II; $540.00 (469.80)


Danubian Celts, 2nd - 1st Century B.C., Imitative of Philip III of Macedonia

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Sear describes the obverse of this type as, "Almost plain, though with very faint traces of the hd. of Herakles."
CE71314. Silver tetradrachm, CCCBM 195, Lanz 920, Dembski 1479, SGCV I 212, VF, weight 14.421 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 270o, tribal mint, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.; obverse almost plain, highly degraded head of Herakles right in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse crude figure of Zeus seated left, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, blundered imitation of a legend on right, I under throne; $160.00 (139.20)


Danubian Celts, 2nd - 1st Century B.C., Imitative of Philip III of Macedonia

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Sear describes the obverse of this type as, "Almost plain, though with very faint traces of the hd. of Herakles."
CE72190. Silver tetradrachm, CCCBM 195, Lanz 920, Dembski 1479, SGCV I 212, F, weight 15.315 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, tribal mint, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.; obverse almost plain, highly degraded head of Herakles right in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse crude figure of Zeus seated left, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, blundered imitation of a legend on right, I below throne; $150.00 (130.50)


Celtic, Ring Money, c. 800 - 100 B.C.

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Ring money of bronze, of silver, and of gold was used by the Celts in trade from Ireland to the Danube region. The dating of Celtic ring money is uncertain. Some authorities date the use of ring money from 800 to 500 B.C., but it may have been used as late as 100 B.C. Some believe the bronze rings are actually just strap fittings, not a trade currency. Undoubtedly they were used as fittings. Others claim, however, that although the rings vary in weight; they are all multiples of a standard unit, indicating a uniform principle regulated their size - i.e., their use as coinage. Bronze rings have been found in quite large hoards, which also strongly indicates they were used as money.
CE73525. Potin Ring Money, Victoor VIII-10; equilateral triangle formed of three connected rings, toned white metal, 4.323g, 24.7mm, VF, $150.00 (130.50)


Thracian Kings, Kavaros, 230 - 218 B.C.

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Kavaros was a Gallic King of Thrace, the last Gaul to rule Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins.
GB56007. Bronze AE 18, SNG BM 194, SNG Stancomb 304, VF, flat reverse strike, weight 6.582 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Kabyle mint, 230 - 218 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAYAPOY, Nike standing left, wreath in right crowning the king's name, palm frond in left, monogram inner left; nice green patina; $125.00 (108.75)


Gallic(?) Tribes in Thrace, c. 250 - 230 B.C., Imitative of Mesembria

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The crude style and inscriptions indicate this was probably not an official issue of Mesembria, but rather an imitative issue from a nearby Gallic tribes. Kavaros who ruled 230 - 218 B.C., was the last Gallic king in Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins. He issued coins with the same types but replaced the city ethnic with his name. Perhaps an earlier Gallic king anonymously issued this cruder coin.
GB68053. Bronze AE 21, for prototype see SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, VF, weight 5.568 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 315o, tribal mint, c. 250 - 230 B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN, Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield in right, brandishing spear in left; $95.00 (82.65)


Kings of Thrace, Kavaros, 230 - 218 B.C.

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Kavaros was a Gallic King of Thrace, the last Gaul to rule Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins.
GB65171. Bronze AE 22, cf. SNG BM 194; SNG Stancomb 304; SNG Cop 1175; BMC Thrace p. 207, 1; Lindgren 10; SGCV I 1727, weight 6.136 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kabyle mint, 225 - 218 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAYAPOY, Nike standing left, wreath in right crowning the king's name, palm frond in left, monogram inner left; $90.00 (78.30)


Pannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C.

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Syrmia is a fertile region of the Pannonian Plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, it is divided between Serbia in the east and Croatia in the west.
CE68492. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Lanz 471; Gbl OTA 193/14; CCCBM I S133; Pink 199, Forrer Keltische pl. XXXII, 279; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, aVF, weight 8.947 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syrmia mint, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse devolved laureate head of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel wreath, ball cheek; reverse devolved horse trotting left; $60.00 (52.20)


Thracian Kings, Kavaros, c. 225 - 219 B.C.

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Kavaros was a Gallic King of Thrace, the last Gaul to rule Thrace and the only Gallic king in Thrace to strike coins.
GB52322. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 195, SNG Cop 1175, aVF, weight 4.827 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kabyle mint, obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAYAPOY, Nike standing left, crowning name wreath in right, monogram inner left; nice style; rare; $55.00 (47.85)


Danubian Celts, Serdi Region, Moesia, 168 - 31 B.C.

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Celtic imitative of a rare Macedonian issue struck under Philip V or Perseus, 187 - 168 B.C. The choice was appropriate for the Serdi Celts as the river Strymon runs through the Serdi region.
CE46715. Bronze AE 20, Malloy Danubian Celts type E1C; imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, gF, weight 6.844 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right; reverse trident, bar across near base of prongs, scroll-like ornaments between the prongs, stylized dolphin ornaments flanking shaft, blundered inscription similar to MAKE∆ONΩN; beautiful turquoise-green patina; scarce; $45.00 (39.15)







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