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The coins were struck in considerable quantity at the time that Julius Caesar’s legions were taking over Gaul c.60-50 BC. To the untrained eye they all look much the same; however, specialists know different. The remote ancestor of these coins is the gold stater issued by Philip II of Macedon (d.336 BC). So popular were his coins for international trade that they came to be widely imitated over most of Europe. But the Celts went one better; they imbued their coins with some of their wild artistic spirit. Thus they are not just crude imitations but rank as works of art, albeit miniature, in their own right. Illustrated to give an idea is one of the most aesthetically pleasing. A detailed report of this rare sale will appear in a later edition of the Antiques Trade Gazette.