Central Europe, East Noricum AR Tetradrachm. Freie Samobor Type C. Circa 2nd – 1st century BC. Celticised male head wearing three-strand pearl diadem to right / Horse prancing to left; pellet in crescent on body. Göbl, TKN pl. 43, SC 20, 1; Lanz 213 (this coin). 9.46g, 23mm, 12h.
From a private Japanese Collection;
This coin published in M. Kostial, Kelten im Osten – Gold und Silber der Kelten in Mittel- und Osteuropa – Sammlung Lanz (Staatlichen Münzsammlung München, 1997);
This coin exhibited by the Staatlichen Münzsammlung München at the 1997 International Numismatic Congress in Berlin; at the Berliner Bank also in 1997; also exhibited at the Luitpoldblock Palmengarten, Munich in 2003 (exhibition #180[reverse]).
Ex Hermann Lanz Collection, Roma Numismatics Ltd., Auction XVII, 28 March 2019, lot 80. Price realized: 320 GBP
Roma Numismatics Lot 137 E-Sale 77 26th November 2020 Hammered For:£700.00 ( A Buyer’s Premium of 20% of the hammer price (24% incl. VAT for UK/EU buyers)
I love the horse muzzle, the braided mane, the free-spirited prance. On the obverse, the head too – what sort of character is this? The broad diadem and hair. All so well centered. ~je