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E-auction 33-11569 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin à la grosse tête

SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin à la grosse tête AU
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Estimate : 95 €
Price : 29 €
Maximum bid : 35 €
End of the sale : 02 December 2013 15:08:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Potin à la grosse tête
Date: c. avant 52 AC.
Metal : potin
Diameter : 18,1 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 3,13 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Magnifique exemplaire avec de beaux reliefs et une superbe patine marron foncé et orangée... mais avec une cassure récente dans la continuité du jet de coulée entre 2 et 5 heures au droit

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Grosse tête casquée à gauche entre deux besants ; œil figuré par un globule.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE .
Reverse description : Cheval passant à gauche, surmonté par quatre globules posés en T ; deux autres accostant l’antérieur du cheval.

Commentary


Les deux traces de coulée du flan sont bien visibles à 11 et 5 heures. Au revers, tous les globules sont bien nets. La tête et l’arrière train du cheval sont aussi traités en globules.

Historical background


Senons (region of Sens)

(Second - first century BC)

The Sénons, whose name means wise or old, controlled a vast area stretching from the south of Champagne and northern Burgundy. Their main oppidum was Agedincum (Sens), which still retained the name of the ancient civitas. They had several other oppida as Auxerre, Avallon or Thunder. Divona seems to have been the main sanctuary Sénons. Caesar had wintered six of his legions in 53 BC to Agedincum. Labienus, lieutenant and legate of Caesar, settled in the region between Sens and Alesia Gergovie to control the roads and protect Caesar's armies to attack Belgians or 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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