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bga_388648 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin “à l’animal cornu”

SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin “à l’animal cornu” VF/XF
80.00 €(Approx. 87.20$ | 68.00£)
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Type : Potin “à l’animal cornu”
Date: Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Metal : potin
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 3,02 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Potin en mauvais état mais parfaitement identifiable. Patine hétérogène
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête fortement stylisée à gauche, le crane nu ; une série de globule sous et derrière la tête.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Animal stylisé et cornu à droite ; un globule entre les jambes.


Ce type de potin semble se diviser en plusieurs variétés, selon qu'il y ait ou pas un torque qui entoure l'arrière du crâne, et éventuellement selon la présence du globule entre les jambes du cheval.

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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