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Coinage in the Celtic World

Category: Celtic and Roman
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Coinage in the Celtic World by Daphne Nash
Soft back, 153 pages, Illustrated B&W, 14cm x 21.5cm


 

With over 200 illustrations of coins at actual size and 6 maps.

The ancient Celtic world stretched from Ireland to Galatia and from central Europe to northern Italy and parts of Spain in the second century BC. From the 6th century BC until the early 1st century AD the Celts were among the most important neighbours of the expanding Mediterranean states and empires; this book takes a fresh look at the complex relationship of the two worlds and provides a comprehensive historical background to Celtic coinage. This is an invaluable and fascinating survey of one of the most interesting and little-known ancient societies.

  • The Medeterranean background to Celtic coinage
  • Coinage in Rome's Gallic provinces
  • Coinage in Celtic society
  • The Celts outside Gaul
  • Celtic Gaul
  • Armorica and Belgic Gaul
  • Britain
  • Further reading
 

On the back cover:

The ancient Celtic world reached its zenith in the second century BC when it stretched from Ireland to Galatia and from central Europe to Northern Italy and parts of Spain. From the sixth century BC until the early first century AD the Celts were among the most important neighbours of the expanding Mediterranean states and empires; this book takes a fresh look at the complex relationship of the two worlds and provides a comprehensive historical background to Celtic coinage.

The entire history of the Celts' use of coinage falls between the late fourth century BC and the mid-first century AD. Dr. Nash traces the origins of Celtic coinage in the service of Celts as mercenaries during the fourth and third centuries BC. She argues that Celtic coinage itself was forced to develop as a direct response to Roman expansion within the Mediterranean world early in the second century BC. The economic growth of the coin-using Celts is related throughout their contact with Rome, whether as conquered dependants or as free societies outside her sphere, supplying raw materials and slaves. The social and political functions of coinage are also discussed, building up a complete picture of an intricate warrior society.

Over two hundred coins are illustrated at actual size and six maps are provided for useful reference. Collectors of Celtic coins, social and economic historians and all those interested in early European history will find this book an invaluable and fascinatin survey of one of the most interesting and little-known ancient societies.

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