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Celtic Tribes in Thrace

Four Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87189. Bronze Ring Money, 4 rings, Choice VF, nice patinas, (1x) cf. Topalov Apollonia I p. 88, III.0, 10 sets of 3 knobs, symmetric, 56.833g, 84mm, very large, scarce; (1x) Topalov Apollonia p. 93, XII.0, cylindrical ring with three rings of knobs, 5.202g, 19mm diameter, 8mm long; (1x) Topalov Apollonia p. 92, XI.0, ring with 7 large knobs, 9.870g, 26mm; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, 3.184g, 24mm; $225.00 (191.25)


Six Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87183. Bronze Ring Money, 6 bronze rings, Choice VF, nice patinas, symmetric, well formed, (1x) cf. Victoor IX-2b, Topalov Apollonia p. 109, XIX.0, wheel ring with four spokes, 10.442g, 31mm; (2x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, c. 3.9g, c. 26mm; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, two rings interlocked, each with 3 groups of 2 globules, 8.064g, c. 29mm each; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 90, VII.0, 3 globules, 3.780g, c. 22mm; $200.00 (170.00)


Five Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87184. Bronze Ring Money, 5 rings, Choice VF, nice patinas, all symmetric, well formed, (1x) cf. Topalov Apollonia I p. 88, III.0, 12 knobs, 19.512g, 60mm, very large and very rare; (3x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, each c. 3.0g, c. 25mm; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 90, VII.0, small 3 globules, 1.167g, c. 19.5mm; $200.00 (170.00)


Five Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87185. Bronze Ring Money, 5 rings, VF, nice patinas, symmetric, well formed, (1x) Victoor -, Topalov Apollonia -, Burgos -, 4 knobs each ornamented with two nubs, 40.934g, 62mm, Very large and extremely rare; (1x) Victoor -, Topalov Apollonia -, Burgos -, triangular with each vertex ornamented with a knob trigon, 7.583g, 19mm, extremely rare; (3x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, each c. 3.8g, c. 26mm; $200.00 (170.00)


Four Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87186. Bronze Ring Money, 4 rings, VF, nice patinas, some chipping on nubs of large ring, asymmetrical - varying thickness, not all knobs and nubs evenly spaced, (1x) Victoor -, Topalov Apollonia -, Burgos -, 4 knobs each ornamented with three nubs, 31.858g, 64mm, very large and extremely rare; (1x) Topalov Apollonia p. 93, XII.0, small cylindrical ring with three rings of knobs, 8.746g, 15mm diameter, 13mm long, scarce; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, 3.073g, 26mm; (1x) cf. Topalov Apollonia I p. 90, VIII.0 (all symmetrical), 4 globules unevenly spaced, 3.725g, 22mm; $200.00 (170.00)


Four Rings, Celtic Ring Money, Black Sea Region, 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.
LT87190. Bronze Ring Money, 4 rings, VF, nice patinas, (1x) cf. Topalov Apollonia p. 89, VI.0 (many more knobs), 4 knobs, 54.514g, 82mm, very large and rare; (1x) Topalov Apollonia I p. 95, V.0, 3 groups of 2 globules, each 4.683g, c. 26mm; (1x) cf. Victoor VI (many variations none too similar to this) ring with a floral or gear appearance, 14 pedals/teeth, 15.720g, 29mm; (1x) cf. Topalov Apollonia p. 90, VII.0 (normal, round with three knobs), small ring with 3 knobs forming a Reuleaux triangle, 2.328g, 21mm; $200.00 (170.00)


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

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This type normally has a prominent raised round (ball) cheek, but on this example the cheek is less prominent than most.

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.
CE76349. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Gbl OTA 197, Lanz 465; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, VF, tight flan, porous, weight 6.239 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 270o, 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; reverse devolved horse trotting left, pellet in circle above; $190.00 (161.50)


Eastern Celts, Danube Region, 2nd Century B.C., Imitative of Philip II of Macedonia

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CE84816. Silver tetradrachm, Eselohr Type; Lanz 441, Gbl OTA 156/2, Castelin 1276, Pink 156, Dembski 1098, CCCBM -, VF, tight flan, light bumps and marks, earthen deposits, weight 13.366 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 45o, mint in Banat or southern Serbia, 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate, bearded head of Zeus right; reverse stylized naked youth (resembles a bird?) on the back of a horse pacing left, pellet wreath behind rider, another pellet wreath before horse, branch below horse's belly; very rare; $140.00 (119.00)


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.
CE46733. Bronze AE 18, Malloy Danubian Celts type D3A; imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, VF, green patina with brassy high points, weight 4.639 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, 168 - 31 B.C.; obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right; reverse trident, stylized dolphin ornaments between the prongs, blundered illiterate inscription; ex Alex G. Malloy Serdi Celts Collection; scarce; $100.00 (85.00)


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.
CE46729. Bronze AE 19, Malloy Danubian Celts type F4A; imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, VF, interesting very crude style, green patina, edge crack, weight 6.600 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 135o, tribal mint, 168 - 31 B.C.; obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right, very crude style; reverse trident, simplified dolphin ornaments between the prongs, incomplete inscription of a few blundered imitations of Greek letters; ex Alex G. Malloy Serdi Celts Collection; rare this crude; $90.00 (76.50)




  



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