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Live auction - bga_458513 - DANUBIAN CELTS - IMITATIONS OF THE TETRADRACHMS OF PHILIP II AND HIS SUCCESSORS Tétradrachme au type “Bartkranzaverse”

DANUBIAN CELTS - IMITATIONS OF THE TETRADRACHMS OF PHILIP II AND HIS SUCCESSORS Tétradrachme au type “Bartkranzaverse” AU
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Estimate : 3 000 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 14:55:29
Type : Tétradrachme au type “Bartkranzaverse”
Date: c. IIe-Ier siècles AC.
Metal : silver
Diameter : 25 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 13,83 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et régulier avec une frappe vigoureuse et de beaux reliefs. Fine patine grise avec de légers défauts de surface
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbare barbue à droite, une sorte de couronne de lauriers tombe sur l'arrière de la chevelure ; grènetis circulaire.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cavalier casqué au pas à gauche ; une sorte de rameau devant le visage, un petit animal devant le poitrail et trois annelets pointés entre les jambes du cheval ; le casque se termine par un annelet.

Commentary


Ce type est directement inspiré par le “type au rameau” ; à l’extrémité du “casque chevelure” se trouve un annelet. Devant, entre le cheval et le cavalier, nous trouvons un rameau qui rappelle la palme du héros du tétradrachme de Philippe II de Macédoine (GC 6680). Sous la bouche du cheval, un petit quadrupède ne peut être rapproché d’aucun symbole connu des ateliers de Pella ou d’Amphipolis.

Historical background


CELTIC DANUBE - IMITATION OF PHILIP II tetradrachms AND ITS SUCCESSORS

(Second-first century BC)

Under this heading are generally grouped all mints that do not have precise attribution. Sometimes the term "Celts of the East" is proposed. After the Celts have plundered Delphi and are widespread in Greece and Asia Minor, they seized a large quantity of booty, with their plunder. Hellenistic kings, or Diadoques Epigoni, used them as mercenaries in armies where the average wage was normally a gold stater corresponding to five tetradrachms Attic standard or twenty drachmas. Prototypes representing the head of Zeus with a jumper were widely copied and imitated throughout the Balkans, northern Macedonia and Thrace. The final phase of counterfeiting occurs at the end of the second century or early first century BC where there are still traits of law and reverse legends and more than a rounded side of a room substantially smooth on both sides.

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