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21 February 2021
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Lot 23
Starting Price: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
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CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Early 1st century BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 7.48 g, 7 h), "Regenbogenschüsselchen" type. Head of an eagle to left with a pellet above and below the beak; the whole within a wreath-like torc with an annulet at each end. Rev. Three pellets within a solid torque with a pellet at each end; all within cup-shaped incuse. De la Tour 9430. Kellner type IIA. KMW 444. Light scrape on obverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.

From the Trausnitz Collection, acquired prior to 2007.

This curious looking coin comes from southern Germany and was surely issued by the Vindelici, a powerful tribe living in that area. These coins entered into German folklore as "Regenbogenschüsselchen", which means "little rainbow cups" and refers to the belief that where a rainbow touched the earth, it left a treasure of gold. The strongly convex/concave form of these coins with their odd designs of stars, crosses, birds’ heads, wreaths, coiled serpents or dragons, torques and pellets confirmed their other-worldly strangeness in the eyes of their simple Teutonic finders. It is now clear that the ultimate ancestor of these types was, in fact, the gold stater of Philip II, paid in vast numbers to his Celtic mercenaries. The Celtic die engravers first copied the originals very accurately, but as time went on they began to emphasize and de-emphasize parts of the original types, thus creating designs that are so bizarre they seem to come from drug induced dreams, like those of Coleridge.
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Online bidding closes:
21 Feb 2021 15:11:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
24 Jul 2021 16:39:13 CEST
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Hammer Price:
900 CHF by sretan (Bids: 3)

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Lot 23
Starting Price: 750 CHF
CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Early 1st century BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 7.48 g, 7 h), "Regenbogenschüsselchen" type. Head of an eagle to left with a pellet above and below the beak; the whole within a wreath-like torc with an annulet at each end. Rev. Three pellets within a solid torque with a pellet at each end; all within cup-shaped incuse. De la Tour 9430. Kellner type IIA. KMW 444. Light scrape on obverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Lot 24
Starting Price: 750 CHF
CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Early 1st century BC. Stater (Gold, 16.5 mm, 7.40 g, 10 h), "Regenbogenschüsselchen" type. Head of an eagle to left with a pellet above and below the beak; the whole within a wreath-like torc with an annulet at each end. Rev. Three pellets within a solid torque with a pellet at each end; all within cup-shaped incuse. De la Tour 9430. Kellner type IIA. KMW 444. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Lot 25
Starting Price: 200 CHF
CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Early 1st century BC. Stater (Billon, 16.5 mm, 4.13 g, 2 h), "Regenbogenschüsselchen" type. Triskeles within a wreath-like torc with an annulet at each end. Rev. Pyramid of eight annulets: five, on the bottom, each enclosing a pellet, and three forming the top two rows, each enclosing a smaller annulet; all within a wavy torc. Allen & Nash 160. Castelin 1097. De la Tour 9439-41. Kellner type IXB. Toned and nicely centered. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
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