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The Atlas of the Coins of Gaul was published in 1892 by Henri de la Tour, Sous-Bibliothécaire au Départment des Médailles et Antiques, de la Bibliothèque Nationale, in Paris by E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie.and reprinted in 1991 (ISBN 90-70296-12-8). It can still be obtained from many Numismatic Literature sources.

The newest edition has been published by Samual Gouet, Michel Prieur and Laurent Schmitt of Comptoir Général Financier (cgb.fr), Latour II, 2001. This edition uses the high quality drawings based on the original la Tour and has an indispensible chart in the back with items in numerical order (unlike the original la Tour and prior reprints) and updated tribal attributations. It can be ordered from amazon.fr or from the authors. This is one of the best deals in numismatic literature!

Simone Scheers, in 1992, the 100 th anniversary of de la Tour's book, published an addenda to the Atlas incorporating new information and correcting attributions: Un Complement a l'Atlas de Monnaies Gauloises de Henri de la Tour (ISBN: 2-9503207-4-0)

A new reprint of the catalog has been published this year (1999) and includes new attributions and corrections by Brigitte Fischer, Chargée de recherche au C.N.R.S.: ISBN 2911440382, published by Claude Burgan-Maison Florange, Paris. I got my copy from Chris Rudd

These corrections and new attributions as well as other numismatic literature are and will be included in this virtual catalog, as this information is discovered and time permits. The overall layout is as originally deduced by de la Tour.

Together these volumes provide a relatively complete listing of Gallic Celtic coins as well as the coins of the Trésor d'Auriol and Massilia and provide an introduction to coins of the Celtic Britons and to those of the East Celts. The strength of the atlas lies not only in the completeness of the Gallic coins, but also in the wonderful drawings of these coins which provide design information often not seen in the newer books about Celtic coins using less than optimal photographs. That it is a standard reference work is underscored by the fact that de la Tour numbers are generally used in current auction catalogs and dealer lists for these coins, even after 100 years.

I have decided to create a searchable database of the coins listed in the Atlas for a number of reasons.

rections or criticisms or images of coins will be greatly appreciated:

 Wm. F. Blank, MD


       

 

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