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Gold Coin of the Parisii

Date:
last quarter 2nd century B.C.
Geography:
Made in Paris
Culture:
Celtic
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
13/16 × 7/8 × 1/16 in., 0.2oz. (2.1 × 2.3 × 0.2 cm, 7g)
Classification:
coins
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.191.121
  • Description

    The Celts probably began striking coins in the 200s b.c. after receiving gold and silver pieces from Hellenistic kings who employed Celtic warriors as mercenaries. The coins seen here display motifs derived from Hellenistic coins—a head on one side and a charioteer and horse on the reverse—but their animated design conveys a Celtic aesthetic.

  • Provenance

    Northern France, Parsii tribe; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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