My Celtic coins

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  1. oldfinecollector

    oldfinecollector Well-Known Member

    I don’t collect really Celtic coins even if I follow a art history course on Celtic art. I got only 2 Celtic coins.

    To tell the story my first antic coin buy was a Celtic coin , it was a mistake in some way as I was without any experience and I enter a numismatic shop and the guy show me a tray of coins and I fall in love of this coin thinking at first glance it was a Greek one. The coin dealer, by the way a highly respected one in the worls of Antic coins

    Jean-Luc Van Der Schueren said to me that it as a Celtic one not common from Osca HUESCA in Spain. Anyway I bought it and I like it every time I look at it. Sorry got the photo as I am a bad coin photographer.

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    My second Celtic coin is a Lindon Kaletoy hybrid from Gaul , it is an hybrid from a old Celtic collection with a pedigree and stay in the same collection over 50 years. I bought it to Cedric who is a great French numismatic researcher and coin dealer too (Bnumis).

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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    They are both wonderful coins but the first is absolutely stunning.
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  4. oldfinecollector

    oldfinecollector Well-Known Member

    The first one was so appealing indeed I bought it around 200 usd.

    I was thinking I was crazy but when I show this coin to Philippe Elsen the famous coin dealer he told me that it is really a rare one and it is very uncommon to have it at such grading and that I did a great bargain. I saw one sold by CNG not so nice for a high price tag.
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    What @Bing said.
  6. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    The Osca one is a real beauty! It's on my wish list for a while.

    My Iberian coins:
    [1166] Iberocelts - Near Castillo, Iberia (current Spain) (AE semis, 200-100 BC).jpg
    CELTS, Iberocelts. Denomination: AE semis, minted: Near Castillo, Iberia (current Spain); 200-100 BC
    Obv: Male head right
    Rev: Bull standing right; crescent above, Iberian KASTILO in exergue, and M in field.
    Weight: 9.9g; Ø:mm. Catalogue: ACIP 2115?. Provenance: Ex Eldijk collection; acq.: 09-2019

    [11117] Annonymous - Obulco (current Porcuna, Spain) (ae semis, c 100 - 0 BC).jpg
    CELTS, Annonymous. Denomination: ae semis, minted: Obulco (current Porcuna, Spain); c 100 - 0 BC
    Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right. NIG on the left, OBVULC on the right (off center)
    Rev: Bull, crescent above
    Weight: 3.63g; Ø:17mm. Catalogue: CNH 81; SNG BM Spain 1473-5.. Provenance: Found near Baza, Spain; acq.: 12-2019
    Strabo writes in his Geographies "Formerly the road passed on through the midst of the plain, and [the city of] Egelastae, which was both difficult and long, but they have now constructed a new road close to the sea, which merely touches upon the Plain of Rushes, and leads to the same places as the former, [viz.] Castlon, and Obulco, through which runs the road to Corduba and Gades, the two greatest emporia [of Iberia]. Obulco is distant about 300 stadia from Corduba. Historians report that Caesar came from Rome to Obulco, and to his army there, within the space of twenty-seven days, when about to fight the battle of Munda."

    My Celtic coin with an old provenance, the Mossop collection:
    [1128] Durotriges celts - Durotriges region (AR Quarter Stater, 58 BC - AD 43).jpg
    CELTS, Durotriges celts. Denomination: AR Quarter Stater, minted: Durotriges region; 58 BC - AD 43
    Obv: Either a boat, with two occupants standing, and multiple oars for rowing, or a wolf design; pellet rosette to right
    Rev: Lightning bolt, pellets within annulet
    Weight: 0g; Ø:12mm. Catalogue: ABC 2211 corr.; VA 1260; BMC 2748-70. Provenance: Ex Mossop collection (), ex Eldijk collection; acq.: 09-2019

    And because I really, really like these two:
    [1122] Ambiani celts - Ambiani region, (current France, near Amiens) (AV stater, 58-55 BC).jpg
    CELTS, Ambiani celts. Denomination: AV stater, minted: Ambiani region, (current France, near Amiens); 58-55 BC
    Obv: Blank
    Rev: Disjointed horse right with remains of charioteer above; crescent above pellet below, intertwined lines pattern in exergue
    Weight: 6.02g; Ø:17mm. Catalogue: Evans 1864 Pl.B8; Scheers 1977 series 24, class IV (type) . Provenance: Ex private collection (Found in France, ca. 2000); acq.: 08-2019
    The Ambiani Celts were Belgic people of Celtic language. In 57 BC, when Julius Caesar started his Belgic campain, they were able to muster 10.000 armed men. However, when Julius Caesar came close to their capital Samarobriva (probably the modern Amiens), they submitted to Caesar. This gold stater was probably minted to finance the war against Julius Caesar.

    [1124] Durotriges celts - Durotriges region (AR stater , 65 BC - 45 AD).jpg
    CELTS, Durotriges celts. Denomination: AR stater , minted: Durotriges region; 65 BC - 45 AD
    Obv: Head of Apollo right, devolved to wreath and crescents
    Rev: Disjointed horse left; pellets above, pellet in lozenge above tail, zigzag and pellet pattern between two parallel exergue lines
    Weight: 4.05g; Ø:18mm. Catalogue: Van Arsdell 1235-1, ABC 2157, SCBC 365, Cranborne Chase (Durotrigan E) type. Provenance: Ex private collection ; acq.: 09-2019
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  7. oldfinecollector

    oldfinecollector Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins you are more focus on celts coins that I am
  8. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    oldfinecollector, Both of your Celtic coins are fine additions, the 1st coin because of the classic style & the 2nd coin because the abstractions :D. It's amazing how much Celtic coins can vary in their artistic style, I prefer the highly abstracted coins like the one pictured below. I sold all my Celtic coins long ago but kept this one because of its bizarre appearance :eek:.
    Eastern Celtic Tetradrachm (2).jpg The coin pictured below is what a genuine Thasos Tetradrachm looks like.

    Thasos Tet, after 146 BC.jpg
    Photo courtesy of Pecunem Auctions.
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  9. oldfinecollector

    oldfinecollector Well-Known Member

    Celtic art is interesting it is not a barbarous art it is a very different art . The celts were buying a lot of thing from Greece like rage famous Vix Tomb treasure Show but they got their own form of art.
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  10. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    That Oscan drachm is beautiful. They are indeed scarce, and even scarcer in better grades. In my few years of being a dealer, I only came across one similar. I sold it two years ago and I think someone on this forum owns it. @Alegandron ? At any rate, if you can find them this nice, buy them! You may not see another for many years.

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  11. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    They also issued the type in bronze...

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  12. oldfinecollector

    oldfinecollector Well-Known Member

    Interesting this bronze coin too.
  13. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Here are my Osca's:

    SPAIN. Osca.
    Æ Semis, 25mm, 8.0g, 6h. 1st century BC.
    Obv.: Bearded male head right.
    Rev.; Horseman galloping right, holding spear, star above and behind, legend below.
    Reference: SNG Cop 325, Burgos 1918.
    EX: @John Anthony
    John's comments: The ancient city of Osca, known as Bolskan in the Iberian language, was situated in northwestern Spain. It was a Roman colony under the rule of Quintus Sertorius, where he founded a prestigious school to educate young Iberians in Roman and Latin customs. Here is a lovely, well-preserved bronze with an attractive patina and excellent detail.

    OSCA, Spain, AR silver denarius. Struck circa 204-154 BC. Head right with short beard, legend resembling *N behind. Reverse - Horseman galloping right with spear, Iberian legend resembling *PMAN BOLSCAN below. Burgos 1501, Villaronga 3
    Ex: @John Anthony
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