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Celts, Danube Region, Imitative of Thasos, Thrace, c. 120 - 10 B.C.
This type was first struck by Thasos, c. 168 - 148 B.C. Roman authorities struck imitatives, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia. Tribal groups (mostly Celtic) struck imitatives from about 120 to possibly as late as 10 B.C.
Göbl OTA Class IIII is defined by a dissolution of the legend to illiterate imitations of Greek letters.SH65452. Silver tetradrachm, Göbl OTA Class III; imitative of SNG Cop 1040 ff., VF, typical wavy flan, weight 16.190 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, c. 120 - 10 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in flowering ivy; reverse devolved legend, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left hand on hip, blundered monogram inner left; SOLD
Celts, Danube Region, Imitative of Philip II of Macedonia, c. Late 4th Century B.C.
Celtic tribes struck coins from the late 4th century B.C. until the late 1st century B.C. They were introduced to coinage by the Greeks, with whom the traded, and for whom they sometimes worked as mercenaries. Tribal coins often copied Greek designs, especially Macedonian coins from the time of Philip II of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great. The copies tended to become increasingly abstract over time. The very nearly Greek style of this coin suggests it was an early issue.GS95863. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Göbl OTA 2 (oK monogram vice K); Le Rider pl. 47, 23 (same); CCCBM I -, Pink -, Lanz -, VF, well centered, light tone, bumps, scratches, weight 14.260 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, c. late 4th century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛΠO (sic!), naked youth on horse pacing right holding branch, left foreleg raised, Λ over torch below, K lower right; ex JAZ Numismatics, ex Forum (2009); SOLD
Danubian Celts, West Noricum, Late 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
SH21611. Silver tetradrachm, Kugelrelter type; Göbl Noricum DnT 8 (IId/8); Lanz 111; Dembski 783; Göbl OTA 560; De la Tour 9910; Allen-Nash 55; CCCBM I -, Choice EF, weight 11.829 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse wreathed, diademed, and beardless head left; reverse Celticized rider on horseback left, headdress decorated with three balls (kugeln); SOLD
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