What did I just buy? Liked the way it looked.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by bcuda, May 26, 2020.

  1. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    Well I simply bought this coin just cause of the way it looked.

    I know nothing at all about these kind of coins. All I know is it is a Celtic coin and nothing else except what the seller described. I have never read anything about Celtic coins but this one just stood out to me.
    I probably paid to much but oh well, I like it whatever it is. $54 shipped
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    Sellers description
    A Celtic Gaul potin coin of Senones. From around the 1st Century BC. Cast. Obverse shows warrior's head right; reverse shows horse left. Diameter approx 17mm, weight approx 4.61g.
     
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    .hmm..it may be a barbarous barbarous.....:p..they were the greatest and the 1st abstract artist of the world....it will be a great piece to start learning on i'm sure.. and they are interesting coins:)..i only have one Celtic (that i know of) and it's a bronze tet of Phillip ll of Macedon...(after 15 years i STILL cannot make out a face!:watching:) celtic phillip ll 002.JPG celtic phillip ll 003.JPG
     
  4. Spaniard

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  5. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I think its not "barbarous". Looks like a normal cast potin to me. Cool coin.
     
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  6. Alegandron

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

    Great coin! I want one!!!
     
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  7. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Looks very much like one I have (that isn't handy and I don't have a photograph, sorry). The Senones are the tribe to which this type is attributed. It's a very nice bit of Celtic art.
     
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  8. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Nice new addition! What's distinct about the so-called Celtic potins is that they were cast, not struck. Your example is better than mine:

    Kelten - Senones Potin, Kopf:Pferd.png
    Western Celts: Senones, cast AE ("potin"), ca. 80–50BC, north-western Gaul, region of Sens. Obv: head with six braids r. Rev: stylized horse l., two pellets in fields. 19mm, 4.66g. Ref: De la Tour 7417; Castelin 701; BMC 389.
     
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  9. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member


    Well... that’s a coincidence!

    [​IMG]CELTS, Senones or Tricasses. Denomination: AE Potin unit, minted: Celtic Gaul; c.100 BC
    Obv: Head with “wild” hair
    Rev: Horned horse with long tail, three pellets around
    Weight: 4.2g; Ø:19mm. Catalogue: BMC.396. Provenance: Ex Eldijk collection; acq.: 09-2019
     
  10. Roerbakmix

    Roerbakmix Well-Known Member

    Once you recognize the Kugelwange type, it's easier to see the face:

    Here is a silver unit, of somewhat less crude design than yours. The
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    Yours is somewhat off-center, so you only see part of the hair and wreath; the "kugelwange" is the round cheeck; the two dots immediately to the right are the lips, and below is a protruding chin.
    Above the kugelwange, you'll see the thick brow, and usually, the eye is 'in' the nose.
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    This type of mine is somewhat comparable:
    [1173] Danubian celts - Danube region; Eastern Celts (AE drachm, 200-100 BC).jpg
    Note the extremely large nose. The kugelwange is off-flan.
     
  11. Alegandron

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

    Kugelwange type

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    Celtic Imitation Philip II 2nd C BCE AR Drachm Kugelwange type- Danube Valley - Ex: Pecunum Auction


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    Celt Imit Philip II 2nd C BCE AR Drachm Zeus Horse pellet-in-annulet above Kugelwange type- Danube Valley - Kostial 508 OTA 204
     
  12. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    Nice coin—a great example of the type.
     
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