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Sale: Nomos 9, Lot: 16. Estimate CHF600. 
Closing Date: Monday, 20 October 2014. 
Sold For CHF480. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Central Gaul. Aedui. 80-50 BC. Quinarius (Silver, 12mm, 1.83 g 9). Stylized and ‘celticized’ head of Roma to left. Rev. Celtic horse galloping to left; below, wheel and crescent. CCCBM II, cf. 327. SLM, cf. 667. A very rare and most unusual variety, with an obverse and reverse of distinctly impressive Celtic style. Extremely fine.

From the Cologny Collection, acquired in Bern in 1998.

The usual quinarii of the Kaletedou series are of rather rudimentary style: simply local coins done in a kind of Roman way. This piece, however, has a remarkably Celtic style: note the elongated face of Roma on the obverse,with its huge eye and nose, and the triangular hooves of the horse on the reverse