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Live auction - bga_665452 - AMBIANI (Area of Amiens) Denier d'argent scyphate dit “à l'hippocampe”, fragmentaire

AMBIANI (Area of Amiens) Denier d argent scyphate dit “à l hippocampe”, fragmentaire AU
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Estimate : 500 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 15 June 2021 15:55:45
Type : Denier d'argent scyphate dit “à l'hippocampe”, fragmentaire
Date: c. 60-50 AC.
Mint name / Town : Amiens (80)
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 0,70 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire complet avec un revers finement détaillé au remarquable protomé d’hippocampe. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête casquée stylisée à droite.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval libre galopant à droite, la crinière perlée, la tête formée par un petit triangle fermé à l’extrémité globulée ; au-dessus, deux annelets pointés ; entre les pattes, un protomé d’hippocampe à droite ; devant le poitrail, une sorte de fine triskèle.


Ce denier appartient à la classe F de la typologie d'Allen qu'il appelle "type scyphate de Picardie à l'animal dégénéré" ou à la classe 2 de S. Scheers, "les petites monnaies d'argent de Picardie”. Dans le nouveau classement de J.-P. Delestrée et M. Tache, ce type se retrouve dans la série 31 B, "suite tardive des monnaies lamellaires en argent dérivées du type de Pallas", classe 1 à l'hippocampe.

Historical background

Ambiens (Region Amiens)

(Second - first century BC)

Their name, "those on both sides of the river," said the Ambiens, people of Gaul Belgium, occupied both banks of the Somme (Samara). Their territory is the current department of the Somme. They had for neighbors Calètes, the Morini, Atrebates, the Bellovaci. Their main oppidum was Samarobriva (near Amiens). They participated in the coalition Belgian peoples 57 BC and furnished a contingent of ten thousand men. In 52 BC, it is a contingent of five thousand men they gave the army emergency release dedicated to Alesia. Caesar (Bg. II, 4, 15, VII, 75, VIII, 7). Strabo (G. IV, 5). Kruta: 68, 110, 366.

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