The tendency of the Celt to copy rather than invent is brought out most clearly n their coinage M A Bertrand says

"Were they settled in Macedonia they imitated with more or less success the tetradrachms of Philip and of Audoleon, king of Paeor.ia ; did they advance towards Thrace, they copied the tetradrachms of Thasos. The. Senones of Rimini took for their model the Roman and Italian aesgrave; in the north of Italy, finding themselves in contact with nations who used the monetary system of the drachm and its multiples and divisions, the Gauls copied them until the time they were driven back on the Danube. In Liguria they copied the drachms of Massalia. Were they encamped on the banks of the Danube in Norieum, or in Rhaetia, they again copied the monetary systems of their neighbours. The tetradrachms of the FSoii on which are inscribed the name of 'biatec,' one of their chiefs, reproduced the type of the last Roman of the family of Fufia struck between the years 62 and 59 b.c. In a word, the same habit of imitation is found everywhere in the cradle of Gaulish numismatics properly so-called ; on the left bank of the Rhine, it was the gold staters of Philip which served as the model for geld pieces and sometimes for silver , in Aquitaine, it was the coins of Emporia, Rhoda, and Massalia. Armorica and the frontier countries were the first who adopted for their coinage types which can be called national, although still reflecting those imitated from the Macedonian staters. Let it be noticed that we are in one 01 the most Celtic parts of Gaul: it is therefore natural that the difference in genius between the two races of Celts and Gauls should manifest itself most clearly."

1 Archeologit Celtique et Ga (tin ire, p. 3R7.

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