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Gold Coin of the Parisii

last quarter 2nd century B.C.
Made in Paris
13/16 × 7/8 × 1/16 in., 0.2oz. (2.1 × 2.3 × 0.2 cm, 6.8g)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
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.
Northern France, Parsii tribe; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Forrer, Robert. Keltische Numismatik der Rhein und Donaulände. Strassburg: K. J. Trubner, 1908. p. 28, 253, 346, fig. 42, 444, 542, Taffel XIV.

Ricci, Seymour de. Catalogue of a Collection of Gallo-Roman Antiquities Belonging to J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris: C. Berger, 1911. no. 121, pl. VII.

Blanchet, Jules Adrien, and Aldophe Dieudonné. Manuel de numismatique française. Paris: A. Picard et Fils, 1912-36. pp. 61-62, fig. 103.

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