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143, Lot: 1. Estimate $100.
Sold for $97. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CELTIC, Southern Gaul. Tolostates. Mid-late 2nd century BC. AR Drachm (15mm, 2.38 g). Celticized head left; two dolphins before / Quadripartite design; crescent in outer portion of each angle; a diagonal grain within each upper angle; within lower angles, axe and open grain. De la Tour 3132. VF, toned, obverse slightly off center.

The "monnaies à la croix" originated in Spanish copies of the rose drachms of the Greek colony of Rhodes of the 3rd century BC. By the end of the 2nd century crude drachms were being struck by many of the Celtic tribes in southern Gaul, and the croix had become the standard currency across the region.