Money

The Celts appropriated coinage technique, as well as the entire monetary system, from Ancient Greece and Macedonia. The money was mostly minted from silver and later from bronze, although there was also a very limited number of specimens made of gold. Early imitations generally adhered to the prescribed weight of the tetradrachm, whose weight decreased over time and became more uneven.

The search for a special artistic expression and the formation of local characteristics led to the specimens called the "Serbian group", which initiated the history of local forging in the central Balkans. Although it is difficult to make a clear distinction between the earlier imitations of this group and its subvariants, it can be said that the feature of the "Serbian group" is a slightly smaller diameter and a thicker coin. The money of the "Serbian group" can be roughly dated to the second half or the end of the 3rd century BC and the first half of the 2nd century BC.

The most present "Srem type" followed, divided into four phases. The first, phase A, appeared in the middle of the 2nd century BC, phase B in the second half of the 2nd century BC and at the turn of the 1st century BC. The phase C falls in the first half of the 1st century BC, whereas a very different phase D probably corresponds to the second half and the end of the 1st century BC and practically represents the end of the money minting by the Scordisci.

Tetradrachms of the Krčedin type date from the end of the 2nd or the beginning of the 1st century BC, while drachmas were present even longer, probably until the middle of the 1st century BC. It is unclear whether this type was partly contemporaneous with the type of phase C of the Srem type or if it represents a new stage in the monetary history of the Scordisci. It was named after the settlement of Krčedin, where a large hoard was found. The images on the Krčedin type of money were influenced by Zeus from the tetradrachms of Philip II, whereas the way the hair was depicted was taken from the tetradrachms of Alexander the Great, i.e. the lion skin which was on the head of young Hercules.

The Krčedin type of money is divided into two phases, phase A and phase B. Phase A includes specimens of good style, weighing about 14 grams. The reverse depicts a horse rider with a helmet in the form of a turban with a long plume and a palm branch in his hand. Below the horse's head is an unrecognizable four-legged animal, most likely created by an imaginative transformation of the last three letters of the inscription ФIΛIППОY. Phase B is characterized by a higher degree of barbarization and a difference in weight ranging from 9 to 14 grams. By schematization and disappearance of details, the animal under the horse's head is gradually lost, turning into four balls. This very type is the most represented in the hoard from Krčedin, where 883 pieces of silver coins were found (665 tetradrachms and 288 drachmas).

Finds of the Krčedin type mostly come from the territory attributed to the Scordisci, with a distinct concentration in eastern Srem.

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