Ancient Celtic Coin From Paris
Very rare and perhaps the finest known specimen, this stater was struck in the late 2nd to early 1st century BC by the Celtic Parisii tribe. The obverse shows a male head (probably Apollo) surrounded by beaded filaments, a star amidst his swirling hair and a cross on his cheek. The reverse has a horse with a curvilinear design, thought to be a wing (like Pegasus).
The late Iron Age village of Lutetia, located at the site of modern-day
Paris, was the capital of the Celtic Parisii tribe. Its main
settlement was on the Ile de la Cité on the River Seine (Sequana). With the Suessiones, the Parisii participated in the general rising of
Vercingetorix. He was the chieftain of the Arverni tribe, who united the
Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius
Caesar’s Gallic Wars in 52 BC. During
the Roman advance in 52 BC the Celts burned their city, and the bridges
that linked it to the banks on either side, but after Roman dominion
was established it was rebuilt and named Parisii.