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E-auction 514-427244 - bga_497799 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VI

SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VI AU
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Estimate : 125 €
Price : 67 €
Maximum bid : 71 €
End of the sale : 20 February 2023 14:11:30
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VI
Date: c. avant 52 AC.
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 3,90 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Jolie monnaie quasi SUP, notamment au droit. Revers décentré. Très belle patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête à droite, les cheveux divisés en grosses mèches stylisées, ramenées en avant et bouletées aux extrémités ; l’œil est pointé ; sous le menton, un torque aux extrémités bouletées ; une petite esse devant la bouche.


Reverse legend : [YLLVCCI].
Reverse description : Oiseau à gauche ; derrière, un pentagramme et une croisette aux extrémités bouletées, accostée de quatre globules ; une esse derrière l’oiseau ; deux annelets centrés derrière la queue de l’oiseau ; un autre annelet pointé sous son bec.


Les bronzes de cette classe VI ont cette tête d'un style bien particulier, avec un gros œil rond et une petite esse devant la bouche.

Historical background

SENONES (Area of Sens)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The Sénons, whose name means the sages or the elders, controlled a vast territory which extended between the south of Champagne and the north of Burgundy. Their main oppidum was Agedincum (Sens) which still retains the name of the ancient civitas today. They had several other oppida like Auxerre, Tonnerre or Avallon. Divona seems to have been the principal sanctuary of the Senones. Caesar had wintered six of his legions in 53 BC at Agedincum. Labienus, Caesar's lieutenant and legate, came to settle in the region of Sens between Gergovie and Alesia in order to control the roads and protect Caesar's armies from an attack from the Belgians or the Germans. Caesar (BG. II, 2; V, 54, 56; VI, 2, 3, 44; VII, 4, 10, 11, 34, 56-59, 62, 75). Ptolemy (G. II, 8, 9).

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