Selection of Danubian Celts Silver Tetradrachms


A fine selection of Celtic silver tetradrachms from the Danube region imitating the coinage of Alexander the Great. The obverse features the profile bust of Herakles facing right and wearing the Nemean lion-skin headdress, depicted in a crude style. The reverse presents the image of Zeus seated to the left on a throne, holding an eagle in his right hand and a sceptre in his left.

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Weight of the coins varies between 15.06g to 15.94g.

Diameter of the coins varies between 2.8cm to 2.9cm.

Date: Circa 3rd-2nd century BC
Condition: Fine condition.

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From the early 5th fifth century BC, the Celtic tribes ruled much of Europe. They clashed with the Etruscans, Romans, and Greeks in wars, and fought as mercenaries under Philip II and Alexander the Great when they first encountered coins as payments. Soon, the Celts began to strike their own coins in the beginning of the 3rd century BC. They initially issued copies of Greek, Roman and other currencies and later modified the foreign designs according to their own taste and fashion.

Alexander the Great was the legendary king of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Macedon. In just 10 years from his ascension to the throne, he built one of the largest empires of the Ancient World, as his kingdom stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River. His coins were spread all over the kingdom on his campaigns. The reputation and popularity guaranteed a wide acceptance of his coins as trade money at the time. As such, the coinage of Alexander the Great was a very popular design used by the Celtic tribes when they started striking their own coins.

Weight 15.94 g
Dimensions W 2.9 cm




Greek Mythology


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1906,1103.128

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