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The Celtic World
Coins struck by the ancient Celtic cultures from all parts
of the ancient world.
We include the Celtic imitative coins on this page.
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Gaul. Remi, mid 1st centry BC.
AE 15. Very nice example.
Denomination: Cast potin.
Date: These are thought to date to between 65 and 25
Reference: DLT-8040, Depeyrot NC-24,
D&T 593. Sear-137.
Size: 14.9 x 15.4 mm. Weight: 2.66
Grade: gVF with a glossy very dark brown patina with
attractive lighter highlights. The broken edge on the coin is how
these were made, as these are cast coins and it is where the casting
sprue was removed. This is exceptional quality for a cast potin.
Obverse: Three male heads over-lapping facing left,
with REMO to the left (although the
inscription is off the flan).
Reverse: Biga being driven left, with REMO below. Full reverse
inscription which is exceptionally clear.
Gaul. Coriosolites (Armorican).
57 / 56 BC. billon stater.
Tribal origin: The Coriosolites were an Armorican
tribe situated in Cotes-D'Armor in
Brittany. They minted coins only during the Gallic War
Denomination: Billon stater.
Mint: East of the R. Rance.
Date: 57 / 56 BC.
Size: 21.3 x 25.2 mm. Weight: 6.46
Reference: Seaby Greek - 110. Spink British -
17 (class IV). Hooker Series X, Group E, Coin 19.
Grade: VF/XF, obverse slightly off-centre.
patination, with some crusty green areas. All of the brighter
areas are stable.
Obverse: head right.
Reverse: Chariot with human-headed pony right. Lyre
After the Gallic War, thousands of
Coriosolite coins were sent to Hengistbury in England via the island of
Jersey for recycling and large hoards of these coins have been found on
Andecavi. ca. 80 to 50 BC.
Denomination: Silver obol (also known as
Date: ca. 80 to 50 BC.
Reference: DLT-6463. BN-6459 to 6466. Chalaire type
Size: 9.9 x 11.2 mm. Weight: 0.45 grams.
This is a fairly small coin.
Grade: Fine/VF slightly off-center as usual
(nice for the type).
Obverse: Stylized head right.
Reverse: Horse standing left with a crescent below
and ribbon like marks above.
This specimen was reported to have been found near Colchester in
of Galatia. King Amyntas,
ca. 36 to 24 BC. AE 23.
Galatia was a small kingdom in Asia Minor. It was
founded by the Celtic tribes, Tectosages, Tolistobogii and Trocmi in
the 3rd cent. BC. It was given it's independance
as a kingdom by Pompey the Great in 64 BC, and then lost it's
independance when it was absorbed into the Roman Empire as a Province
about 24 BC. Amyntas was the last King of Galatia.
Denomination: 23 mm bronze.
Date: ca. 36 to 24 BC.
Size: 22.1 x 22.9 mm. Weight:
Reference: Sear Greek - 5694. RPC 3502.
Grade: gVF but some scratches on the reverse, above
the lion. In spite of the scratches, this is a fairly attractive
Obverse: Bust of Herakles right, with a club on his
shoulder, with Greek letter monogram behind, possibly LOI below.
Reverse: Lion walking right, with BASILIWS above and AMUNTOU below.
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The Celts included several groups of Iron Age tribal
people occupying much of northern Europe, Spain, Gaul and the British
Isles. They were very late to issue coins, probably having no need for
coins until contact with southern Europeans and their trade goods
created a need for them.
With no domestic coinage of their own, the early Celtic
coins often imitated Greek coins of the people they traded with,
especially Macedonian coins of Philip II, Alexander the Great and
Philip III, but gradually modifying signs to suit Celtic artistic
tastes. Over time the origins of the designs become almost
unrecogizable and the coins become almost purely Celtic.
FRENCH (GAUL) CELTIC
The Volcae Tectosages were a people from the Eastern
Danubian region who some time prior to 300 BC settled around
Carscassonne in South West Gaul.
The Danubian Celts occupied the area around the Danube
River which separated ancient Thrace and Dacia. Much of their coinage
was inspired by that of Alexander the Great and his successors,
probably minted in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC. Later, during the late
2nd and 1st century BC, they also imitated the issues of Thrace and