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ID:     839604
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Celtic
Region:     GAUL
City:     Ambiani
Date Ruled:     CELTIC, Northeast Gaul
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Stater
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     CELTIC, Northeast Gaul
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     6.09 g
Obverse Description:     Plain bulge
Reverse Description:     Disjointed horse right; crescents and pellets around
Primary Reference:     De la Tour 8710
Reference2:     D&T 241
Reference3:     Scheers 154
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=137819
Grade:     Good VF.
Notes:     As their name implies, Gallic War staters were issued to fund the fight against Julius Caesar in Gaul. Two explanations for the blank obverse have been suggested: firstly, to signify that the coins were minted by a coalition of tribes – ‘headless’ in other words – and, secondly, to speed up the production process, because the coins were often made in a hurry. The latter rationale seems to be more plausible.