The Rhineland, Vagiones, Quinarius

It is not known how the Celts themselves called their coins. Numismatists therefore use Greek and Roman denominations for Celtic coins. Referring to Greek denominations, Celtic gold coins of a weight between 7 and 8 grams are called 'staters' while the silver coins are called 'drachms.' The later silver coins copying the Roman silver quinarius, on the other hand, are known as 'quinarii.'

According to its weight this Celtic silver coin is a quinarius. After the charming depiction on the obverse it is known as 'quinarius with the dancing manikin.' Actually, the dancing manikin is a running warrior holding a torque in his right hand, a typical Celtic collar that was reserved for high-ranking people and for gods.

Quinarii of the 'dancing manikin0 variety are rare and not known in a secure archaeological context as yet. It is assumed that they were produced in the middle Rhine region during the 1st century BC.