BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS – Power and Poison in Celtic ‘Rolltier’ Compositions
The most spectacular and enigmatic of Celtic coinage, the gold ‘rolltier’ staters emerge among the Celtic tribes in the area of southern Germany and Bohemia in the late 2nd/ 1st c. BC.
Rolltier stater from Osov, Czech Republic (1st c. BC)
A wide variety of compositions are to be observed on such coins, frequently referred to also as Regenbogenschüsselchen (Rainbow Cup) staters, including variants with a cross, solar symbols, triskeles and birds of prey.
Regenbogenschüsselchen/ Rainbow Cup stater of the Bird of Prey/ Torc type from southern Germany. (late 2nd c. BC)
Rainbow Cup stater with triskele and solar symbols (Hesse and Rhineland). Believed to be from the mint at Dürnsberg Oppidum near Giessen
Stater of the Cross/Rolltier type from Stradonice oppidum, Czech Republic (1 c. BC)
In the present context, most interesting are the rolltier/torc series, the composition on…
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