Celtic Coin from Thrace Copying Greek Inscription

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 24 October 2016

Early Iron Age Celtic people copied Greek coins, often faithfully reproducing their designs and inscriptions. This suggests that Thracian die-engravers were illiterate, as legible Greek letters were gradually replaced by abstract patterns and dots. Silver coin from Thrace, modern-day Bulgaria, circa 200-1 BCE. James Woodhouse Bequest. (The British Museum, London).



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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