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Ancient Coins of Gaul

Massalia, Gaul, 4th Century B.C.

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GS17168. Silver obol, SNG Delepierre 51, SNG Cop 723, VF, nice metal, weight 0.689 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, Massalia, Gaul (Marseilles, France) mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse young head of Apollo left; reverse wheel of four spokes; MA within; SOLD


Massalia, Gaul, c. 149 - 40 B.C.

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GB80741. Bronze AE 15, Lindgren 131, SNG Cop 810, De La Tour 1673, F, weight 2.300 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 225o, Massalia, Gaul (Marseilles, France) mint, c. 149 - 40 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right; reverse MAΣΣ, bull butting to right; SOLD


Celts, Gaul, Sequani, c. 100 - 50 B.C.

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Some of the Celtic tribes that maintained close relations with Rome issued equivalent coins to facilitate trade. The Sequani asked for Caesar's help against Ariovistus but later they joined Vercingetorix' party against Caesar at Alesia.
CE57615. Silver quinarius, De la Tour 5550, VF, off center, weight 1.958 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, obverse TOGIRIX, helmeted head left (Roma?); reverse TOGIRIX, horse galloping left; toned; SOLD


Celtic, Remi, Northeast Gaul, 1st Century B.C.

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CE54314. Potin unit, CCCBM III 477, Castelin Zürich 328, De La Tour 8145, Delestrée-Tache 220, VF, broken, partial, weight 2.807 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 270o, 1st century B.C.; obverse figure seated facing, with legs crossed, holding torc and plait of hair; reverse boar standing right; snake-like ornament and star above, star below; SOLD


Celts, Leuci, Eastern Central Gaul, c. 100 - 55 B.C.

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The Leuci were between the Mediomatrici on the north and the Lingones on the south, in the valley of the Upper Mosel. One of their chief towns was Tullum. They are mentioned once in Caesar; the Leuci, Sequani and Lingones were to supply Caesar with grain. Pliny gives them the title of Liberi. Lucan celebrates them in his poem as skilled in throwing the spear: "Optimus excusso Leucus Rhemusque lacerto."
CE53996. Potin unit, CCBM III 303, Delestrée-Tache 229, de la Tour 9155, Scheers 187, aVF, edge chips, pits, weight 2.986 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 255o, c. 100 - 55 B.C.; obverse helmeted head left, floral ornament before; reverse bull butting right, fleur-de-lis above; scarce type; SOLD


Celts, Gaul, Ambiani, 100 - 50 B.C.

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CE17622. Bronze AE 13, De la Tour 8403, VF, weight 1.568 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 285o, c. 1st century B.C.; obverse head right; reverse facing head above horse; green patina; SOLD


Celts, Gaul, Remi Tribe, 1st Century B.C.

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CE54813. Bronze AE 16, cf. SGCV I 137, De la Tour 8040, F/Fair, green patina, cracks, weight 2.199 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, obverse REMO, three young male jugate busts left; reverse [REMO], Victory in a biga galloping left; SOLD


Ambiani, Celtic Gaul, 100 - 50 B.C.

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CE17621. Bronze AE 13, De la Tour 8405, F/VF, weight 1.401 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 90o, Ambiani mint, 100 - 50 B.C.; obverse Celtic style head right; reverse head facing; brown patina; SOLD


Celts, Gaul, Leuci, c. 70 - 52 B.C.

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The Leuci were between the Mediomatrici on the north and the Lingones on the south, in the valley of the Upper Mosel. One of their chief towns was Tullum. They are mentioned once in Caesar; the Leuci, Sequani and Lingones were to supply Caesar with grain. Pliny gives them the title of Liberi. Lucan celebrates them in his poem as skilled in throwing the spear: "Optimus excusso Leucus Rhemusque lacerto."
CE39140. Cast potin, CCCBM III 405, VF, weight 4.331 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 90o, Boviolles? mint, c. 70 - 52 B.C.; obverse crude stylized head left with three locks of hair; reverse boar left, three looped ornament below; SOLD


Celts, The Lingones, Eastern Central Gaul, c. 100 - 60 B.C.

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Potin is high tin content bronze with no intrinsic value, so the caste potin coinage of the Gaulish Celts was fiat money (like the dollar bill, it has no value except that it is accepted in trade). There were no weight standards. Each type was accepted only by the tribe that issued it.
CE53997. Cast potin, CCCBM III 451, de la Tour 8329, F, weight 2.877 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, obverse three horn-shaped ornaments (dolphins?) revolving around pellet; reverse three s-shaped ornaments revolving around pellet; SOLD




    




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REFERENCES

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Babelon, E. Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines. (Paris, 1901-1932).
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Burnett, A., M. Amandry, et al. Roman Provincial Coinage. (1992 - ).
Castelin, K. Keltische Münzen: Katalog der Samlung im Schweizerischen Landesmuseum Zürich. (Zurich, 1978).
Chevillon, J.-A. "La Phase Postarchaïque du monnayage de Massalia" in RN 169 (2012).
de la Tour, Henri. Atlas de monnaies Gauloises. (Paris, 1892).
Delestrée, Louis-Pol and M. Tache. Nouvel atlas des monnaies Gauloises. (Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 2002 - 2008).
Depeyrot, Georges. Les monnaies hellénistiques de Marseilles. (Wetteren, 1999).
Furtwängler, A.E. "Massalia im 5. Jh. v. Chr.: Tradition und Neuorientierung" in Massing-Petit.
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Lindgren, H. Ancient Greek Bronze Coins. (Quarryville, 1993).
Sear, D. R. Roman Coins and Their Values, The Millennium Edition, Volume One, The Republic and the The Twelve Caesars 280 BC - AD 86. (London, 2000).
Scheers, S. La Gaule Belgique: Numismatique Celtique. (Louvian, 1983).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Volume 8: Egypt, North Africa, Spain - Gaul. (New Jersey 1982).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Sammlung der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig. (München, 1993 - 2008).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 1: Hispania-Sikelia. (Berlin, 1981).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, France, Bibliothèque National, Collection Jean et Marie Delepierre. (Paris, 1983).
Victoor, R. Roulles Celtes et Objets Assimilés. (Rosendaël-lez-Dunkerque, 1989).

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