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E-auction 515-428323 - bga_807697 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VIIa

SENONES (Area of Sens) Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VIIa XF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 85 €
Maximum bid : 101 €
End of the sale : 27 February 2023 14:21:30
bidders : 6 bidders
Type : Bronze YLLYCCI à l’oiseau, classe VIIa
Date: c. avant 52 AC.
Mint name / Town : Sens (89)
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 2,59 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Joli exemplaire sur un flan court et centré. Belle tpete au droit, usure régulière. Joli revers presque complet. Patine verte
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête à droite, les cheveux divisés en grosses mèches stylisées, ramenées en arrière et bouletées à l’intérieur ; S devant le nez et la bouche ; torque bouleté sous le menton.


Reverse legend : YLLIICCI.
Reverse description : Oiseau à gauche ; derrière, un pentagramme et une S ; deux annelets centrés derrière la queue de l’oiseau ; une croisette aux extrémités bouletées accostée de quatre globules sous la queue ; un globule sous le bec de l’oiseau.


Pour ce type de bronze à l'esse, il existe deux variétés de droit selon la position de l'annelet pointé derrière la chevelure (hors flan sur notre exemplaire). Les deux revers associés à ce type de droit ont un annelet pointé (var. b) ou rien (var. a) sous le bec de l'oiseau.

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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