'The indomitable Gauls!' Collectors are ready to scrap over Celtic coins

It's numismatist heaven in Germany this spring. No fewer than 8,000 coins are going under the hammer this March at Künker auction house in Osnabrück, and for collectors with an eye for the ancient there could be some real investment opportunities.

Künker's Numismatic Rarities of the Ancient World event has a number of interesting lots but it is the Celtic collection that has got us going.

One of the highlights here is a first century gold coin from the Remi tribe who lived in modern day Belgium. The Remi were arguably the most loyal inhabitants of Gaul to Rome during the Gallic wars. The gold coin features a galloping horse and despite weak embossing towards the edge is a handsome piece. It comes with an estimation of €2,500.

This first century Remi coin from modern day Belgium could make €2,500.

Another interesting item is a first century BC coin from the Eburovici tribe, who inhabited modern day Normandy.  This "almost extremely fine" specimen features a stylised head and horse and comes with an estimate of € 2,500.

One of the most striking pieces is a second or first century gold coin from the Sequani tribe of today's south-east France. Featuring a head and a cart with handlebars, this extremely rare item is in "almost very fine" condition and is expected to achieve €1,000.

The auction takes place at the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque on March 14.


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