CELTIC, Central Europe. Boii. 2nd century BC.
1/8 Stater (Gold, 8 mm, 1.03 g, 1 h), early Athena-Alkis-series. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. Rev.
Athena Alkis standing left, brandishing spear with her right hand and holding shield with her left; to lower left, N; to right, • / Π / X • / Σ. Dembski 496. Flesche 428. Lanz 33 (same dies
). LT 9492. Paulsen 115. Very fine.
From an important collection of Central European Celtic coins.
What makes this coin particularly interesting, from a technical point of view, is the tiny grain of platinum on the helmet of Athena. Platinum is a common accompanying mineral in Central European alluvial gold, and the tiny impurity thus indicates where the metal came from in the first place.