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bga_388651 - AMBIANI (Area of Amiens) Bronze aux hippocampes adossés, BN. 8526

AMBIANI (Area of Amiens) Bronze aux hippocampes adossés, BN. 8526 XF
190.00 €(Approx. 205.20$ | 163.40£)
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Type : Bronze aux hippocampes adossés, BN. 8526
Date: c. 60-40 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amiens (80)
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,71 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Bronze sur un flan large et un peu irrégulier, avec des types complets, mais de frappe molle avec une épaisse patine grise dans les champs


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête barbue à gauche, la bouche ouverte ; derrière, une S ; devant le visage, deux enroulements.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Deux “hippocampes” adossés, ou deux cols de chevaux à la base du corps anguipède.


Cet exemplaire permet d’avoir une bonne compréhension des types de droit et de revers pour ce type rare.

Historical background

AMBIANI (Area of Amiens)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

Their name, "those who are on both sides of the river", indicates that the Ambiens, people of Belgian Gaul, occupied both banks of the Somme (Samara). Their territory corresponds to the current department of the Somme. Their neighbors were the Calètes, the Morins, the Atrébates, the Bellovaques. Their main oppidum was Samarobriva (near Amiens). They participated in the coalition of the Belgian peoples in 57 BC and provided a contingent of ten thousand men. In 52 BC, it was a contingent of five thousand men that they gave for the relief army dedicated to clearing Alesia. Caesar (BG. II, 4, 15; VII, 75; VIII, 7). Strabo (G. IV, 5). Kruta: 68, 110, 366.

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