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ID:     710649
Type:     Celtic
Region:     GAUL
City:     Bellovaci
Issuer:     The Bellovaci
Date Ruled:     Circa 60-30/25 BC
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE19
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC Circa 60-30/25
Diameter:     19 mm
Weight:     2.67 g
Die Axis:     10 h
Obverse Description:     Schematic head left, surrounded by a leonine mane of hair
Reverse Description:     Human-headed fowl type gryllus right; to right, pellet-in-ring above spiral-armed sun
Primary Reference:     D&T 509
Reference2:     Scheers 475
Reference3:     CCCBM III S28
Reference4:     Scheers, S-M -; De la Tour 8584; Allen & Nash -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     EF, glossy emerald green patina, struck on an irregular flan
Notes:     Sale: Triton IX, Lot: 649 ($500)From the Prof. T.R. Gurr Collection.Gryllus is the Latin term for cricket, or grasshopper. Modern writers have adopted this word to describe fantastic creatures composed of metamorphosed animals and humans. The Celts had an innate fascination for these transformations, which endured throughout the Celtic period, even into medieval times in illuminated manuscripts. The bird creature on this bronze coin is not of a type frequently encountered in Celtic art, but may be an adaptation of a Roman type occasionally seen on carved gemstones. It is possible that a Celtic engraver saw this design and decided it would fit in nicely with his repertoire.