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GALLIA - CARNUTES (Beauce area) Bronze CATAL à l’aigle et à l’amphore XF
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Estimate : 400 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 24 October 2023 15:59:12
Type : Bronze CATAL à l’aigle et à l’amphore
Date: après 52 AC.
Mint name / Town : Chartres (28)
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 2,73 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Flan centré. Un manque de métal à cinq heures. Usure importante mais régulière. De jolis détails. Patine gris foncé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : CATAL.
Obverse description : Tête à droite, les cheveux ornés d’un ruban ; feuille derrière la tête ; légende devant le visage, grènetis.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Aigle de trois quarts, sur une foudre, la tête à gauche ; une amphore surmontée d’un annelet centré à sa gauche ; un sceptre (?) à sa droite ; deux esses de part et d’autre de la tête, grènetis.


Il est très intéressant de noter que ces bronzes épigraphes CATAL (MONNAIES XV, n° 600-601) ont la caractéristique de présenter une feuille de vigne derrière la nuque, tout comme le bronze TASGIITIOS (MONNAIES XV, n° 596-597).

Historical background

GALLIA - CARNUTES (Beauce area)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The Carnutes were one of the most important and powerful peoples of independent Gaul. Their territory stretched between the Loire and the Seine over the Orléanais, the Blésois and the Chartrain country as far as Mantes, that is to say the greater part of the current departments of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher and Eure-et-Loir and part of Yvelines. Their economic center was located in Genabum (Orléans), but their main oppidum seems to have been Autricum (Chartres). They would have participated in the legendary Bellovèse expedition to Italy. They formed the geographical center of Gaul and, long before the start of the Gallic Wars, Roman merchants knew the way to Genabum (Orléans), then a major commercial center. The Carnutes were also famous for their forest where the annual meeting of the Druids was held.. At the start of the War, Caesar had wintered with the Carnutes in 57 BC.. -VS. and had imposed on them as king Tasgetios, who was assassinated in 54 BC. -VS. The following year, they submit but at the beginning of 52 BC. -VS. , they are perhaps at the origin of the revolt which will raise the whole of Gaul. It is possible that the conspirators met during a druidic assembly. The Carnutes massacred the Roman settlers and merchants of Genabum (Orleans) under the leadership of Cotuatos and Conconnétodumnos. Caesar came to besiege the city which he took, pillaged and burned, marking the beginning of hostilities. The Carnutes then provided a contingent of twelve thousand men to the relief army in order to clear Alesia. After the fall of Vercingetorix, the following year, the Romans carried out a new campaign of pacification and Caesar punished the assassins of the previous year. Caesar (BG. II. 35; V, 25, 29, 56; VI, 2-4, 13, 44; VII. 2, 3, 11, 75; VIII. 4, 5, 31, 38, 46). Strabo (G. IV, 2, 3); Livy (HR. V, 34). Ptolemy (G. II, 8). Kruta: 68, 187, 334.

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