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Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 25. Estimate $7500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2006. 
Sold For $7700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Middle Danube. Uncertain tribe. Late 2nd-early 1st century BC. AR Tetradrachm (12.53 g, 5h). Variety of Reiterstumpf type. Male head (Apollo?) left / Rider on horseback left, showing only his torso; torque-like ground line below. Gorny & Mosch 141 (10 October 2005), lot 22 (same dies). EF, a couple minor die breaks, slight die shift on obverse. Very rare.

This coin is from a newly discovered type clearly related to the Reiterstumpf/Kroisbach type by virtue of the close similarity of their reverse types, as well as the overall style and characteristics of their flans. The obverse type has a stylistic affinity with the left-facing male heads on the Apollokopf/Leierblume type, particularly in the details of the face and jaw line (cf. Göbl, OTA 396-398). Both the Reiterstumpf and Apollokopf types are attributed to the same general region and time frame, so a new type combining elements of both is not unexpected.