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Live auction - bga_526938 - NAMNETES (Area of Nantes) Quart de statère “au pontife-forgeron”

NAMNETES (Area of Nantes) Quart de statère “au pontife-forgeron” AU
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Type : Quart de statère “au pontife-forgeron”
Date: IIIe-IIe siècles avant J.-C.
Mint name / Town : Nantes (44)
Metal : gold
Diameter : 12,5 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 2,07 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire sur un flan large. Au droit, le portrait est superbe. Au revers, la composition est somptueuse et d’une grande finesse. Monnaie de toute beauté malgré un écrasement de la tranche à 1 heure
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête nue à droite.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Petit personnage à gauche, dans une posture dite de “course agenouillée”, tenant des objets dans ses mains ; dans le champ à gauche, une étoile.

Commentary


Monnaie exceptionnelle, que ce soit du point de vue de sa rareté ou de sa typologie ! Avec l’étoile au revers, ce type semble totalement inédit, il manque notamment à l’étude de G. Aubin et J. Hiernard, “Aux origines des monnayages armoricains : les quarts de statère d’or dits “au pontife forgeron””, paru dans le revue numismatique de 2002. Monnaie du plus grand intérêt numismatique.

Historical background


Namnètes (Nantes Area)

(Second - first century BC)

Armorican people, the Namnètes were installed at the mouth of the Loire, whose separated during the Pictones. Their name is preserved by the city of Nantes. Their maritime role seems to have been important, and they participated in the operations against the Romans in 56 BC and supported the Venetian fleet. It is among the Veneti Strabo up wearing tin Corbilo. Caesar (Bg. III, 9). Strabo (G. IV, 2, 1).

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