Gold Coin of the Parisii


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

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.

Gold Coin of the Parisii, Gold, Celtic

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