|Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXV||Auction date: 22 September 2022|
|Lot number: 8|
Price realized: 15,000 GBP (Approx. 16,898 USD / 17,214 EUR) Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Northeast Gaul, the Parisi AV Quarter Stater. Circa 60-40 BC. Stylised head of Apollo to right; double volute before, club(?) below chin, [zig-zag line with pellets] below / Bridled horse galloping to left; ornate 'wing' above, rosette and fleuron below. Colbert de Beaulieu Classe V, fig. 21, 2 var.; BN 7796; LT 7796/7798; SLM 273. 1.57g, 13mm, 2h.
About Extremely Fine. Very Rare; in superb condition for the type and one of the best preserved examples auctioned in the past 20 years.
This coin published in H.B. Andersen, Apollo to Apollo: The Hunt for the Divine and Eternal Beauty (2019);
This coin published in H.B. Andersen, Masters of Miniature Art, A window to the birth of western culture and art;
Ex Apollo to Apollo Collection (www.apollotoapollo.com), Roma Numismatics Ltd., Auction XXI, 24 March 2021, lot 4 (hammer: 17,000 GBP).
The Parisi were a Gallic tribe from the banks of the river Seine who dwelt on the land now occupied by the French capital Paris, whose name is derived from their ethnonym. During the period in which this coin was minted, Caesar referenced their community as Lutetia of the Parisii, using the common name of the town during the Roman period (Gallic Wars 6.3). According to Delamarre, their name may derive from the root pario-, meaning cauldron (Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise: Une approche linguistique du vieux-celtique continental, 2003), but other scholars variously interpret it more militarily as meaning commanders or the spear people (Failileyev, Dictionary of Continental Celtic Place-names: A Celtic Companion to the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, 2010). The Parisi participated in the famous but ultimately unsuccessful uprising led by Vercingetorix against Julius Caesar in 52 BC.
Estimate: 12500 GBP