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Danube Celts Æ obol, Imitative Issue of Greek Alexander


Celtic Æ obol, Imitative Issue of Greek Alexander

Beginning about 300 BC, the Danubian Celtic tribes began to imitate the images of Philip and Alexander the Great coins (Zeus obverse and Horse reverse) but in their own particular style. 

Æ; 13mm/10.2gm

Obv/ Laur. bust of Zeus r. (Celtic-style)

Rev/ Horse prancing l. (big body, small head)

Con/ EF for the type, green patina with earthen fill, cleaned but not waxed.

Seller's Note/ Celtic images on coins are always delightful and this one is a real gem. Such tiny Æ obols like ours are quite scarce in this condition as they rarely survive 2,000 + years in the ground without crumbling. As noted above, this coin has not been waxed, but if you care to do so, it will truly bring out the patina color.

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