200 - 101 BC

 

WBC-4377:Danubian Celtic 2nd Century BC Tetradrachm.Contemporary imitation of Alexander III of Macedon.This is, without exception, the best-struck example of one of these coins that I have ever seen.As such, it must be one of the very first struck late in the 2nd century BC.Obverse:head of Herakles, right, in lionís skin.Reverse:crude figure of Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre.Although somewhat crude, the figure of Zeus is nowhere near as crude as the later examples.Also, the head of Herakles on these coins is usually little more than a raised blob of metal.This coin has a fully recognisable obverse bust.A choice example of this collectable issue.£335