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E-auction 514-427251 - bga_503390 - GALLIA - CARNUTES (Beauce area) Potin à la tête diabolique et au loup

GALLIA - CARNUTES (Beauce area) Potin à la tête diabolique et au loup XF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 40 €
Maximum bid : 56 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2023 14:15:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Potin à la tête diabolique et au loup
Date: Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Mint name / Town : Chartres (28)
Metal : potin
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 4,02 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Usure régulière avec un beau revers. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête chevelue à gauche, un globule en forme de goutte dans la bouche.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Loup stylisé et sexué à gauche, la queue entre les pattes et une croisette au-dessus du dos.

Commentary


Ce type de potin est nettement plus rare que les traditionnels potins à la tête diabolique. Il s'en distingue par le globule en forme de goutte au droit et par le loup au lieu du taureau au revers.
Sur cet exemplaire, le revers est si net que l’on distingue les cotes de l’animal !
La croisette du revers serait-elle le vestige de celle qui orne le petit potin turon à la tête bouclée et à la croisette ? A moins que ce ne soit l’inverse et que le revers de ce rare potin ait servi de prototype au potin turon ?.

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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