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bga_854907 - GALLIA - SOUTH WESTERN GAUL - RUTENI (Area of Rodez) Drachme “aux feuilles aquatiques”

GALLIA - SOUTH WESTERN GAUL - RUTENI (Area of Rodez) Drachme “aux feuilles aquatiques” VG/VF
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Type : Drachme “aux feuilles aquatiques”
Date: IIe-Ier siècle av. J.-C
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Weight : 1,37 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan décentré avec deux cantons visibles au revers. Droit très usé. De jolis détails. Patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête féminine tournée à gauche, la chevelure en un long rouleau torsadé.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Croix bouletée, divisée en quatre cantons : feuille aquatique aux 1er, 2e et 4e cantons, hache bouletée au 3e canton.

Commentary


Les monnaies rutènes ont fait l'objet d'une récente étude, par C. Lopez ; les monnaies "aux feuilles aquatiques" y sont reprises classées en cinq variantes.

Historical background


GALLIA - SOUTH WESTERN GAUL - RUTENI (Area of Rodez)

(1st century BC)

Neighbors of the Arvernes, the Cadurques and the Gabales, their territory corresponded to the former Rouergue (current department of Aveyron) to the north of the Tarn, the course of which constituted the border with the province of Narbonnaise. The Rutenes, allies of the Arvernes, had participated in the operations which led to the defeat of Bituit, king of the Arvernes in 121 BC and the creation of the province of Narbonnaise. On this occasion, the Rutenes had found themselves cut in two, following the natural border of the Tarn. Active in the coalition against the Romans in 52 BC, they provided a contingent of 12,000 men to the relief army. Sources: Caesar (BG. I, 45; VII, 5, 64, 75 and 90).

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