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Celtic Coins Found in Maastricht
November 18, 2008



Metal Detector Discovers Gold & Silver in Maastricht

A nice grouping of Celtic gold and silver coins were uncovered over the past half year outside Maastricht in a farmers field. One lucky metal dectecting treasure hunter, Paul Curfs, first located one gold coin last spring and since then, many more have been located in the same area by a group of Archaeologists and metal detector enthusiasts working side by side.

All together 39 gold and 70 silver coins were uncovered, the major portion of which will go on display this week at Centre Ceramique Museum in Maastricht, Amsterdam, Netherlands. It's wonderfully encouraging to have Archaeologists and Hobbyists working together on historical numismatic finds such as this and I would hope that we will see more such efforts in the future!

Archaeologists lend the insight that the two coin types from this cache were struck while the various Celtic Tribes fought against Julius Ceasar. The silver coins are from a different Tribe than the gold pieces, which may back up the idea that Celtic Tribes banded together for strength in their defense against the Roman armies of Ceasar.

For more information on Celtic coins, contact Liz Cottam the Celtic expert at Chris Rudd Coins at www.celticcoins.com. If you ask, I'm sure Liz will be happy to send you a free catalogue of Celtic coins for sale from this most respected firm.



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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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