|Classical Numismatic Group > Mail Bid Sale 70||Auction date: 21 September 2005|
|Lot number: 628|
[Roman Provincial] SPAIN, Turiaso. Tiberius. 14-37 AD. Æ 26mm (11.02 g). C. Caecilius Ser. and M Valerius Quad., duovirs.
[Roman Provincial] SPAIN, Turiaso. Tiberius. 14-37 AD. Æ 26mm (11.02 g). C. Caecilius Ser. and M Valerius Quad., duovirs. Laureate head of Tiberius right / Bull standing right; c/m: coiled serpent. For coin: RPC I 417; SNG Copenhagen 605; for c/m: unrecorded. VF, rough green patina. ($200)
Nothing resembling this countermark is recorded among the known Spanish countermarks. Unlike the more pedestrian known types, mostly monograms and eagle heads, this mark has a distinctive Celtic flavor, with the coiled serpent biting its own tail. The Ibero-Celts arrived in Hispania in the 3rd century BC, and formed the basis of most of the tribes that existed in the peninsula when the Romans arrived. This countermark hints that Celtic artistic influence was still felt in Spain in the 1st century AD.