Celtic Imitation of Greek Coin

Date: 168 - 31 BCE
Danubian Region

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 These unique bronze coins were struck by Celtic people in the Danubian Region of southeastern Europe, but based heavily on a Greek design—specifically, coins of the ancient Macedonian king Philip V or his son Perseus.

Due to the widespread influence of Greek culture in the ancient world, many societies took inspiration from or even outright copied Greek currency when designing their own money. Cultures as far as India are known to have used Greek style "drachms" as currency, and their designs often included figures from Greek mythology as well as inscriptions meant to look like Greek writing.

It's important to note that these imitative coins were not made by the Celts to fool Macedonian merchants, but rather for circulation within Celtic society itself. They date back to the 2nd to 1st century BCE, featuring the head of the river god Strymon on the obverse and a trident with Greek-like lettering on the reverse. 

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