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E-auction 575-521498 - bga_507536 - SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin “à l’animal cornu”

SENONES (Area of Sens) Potin “à l’animal cornu” XF/VF
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Estimate : 150 €
Price : 69 €
Maximum bid : 97 €
End of the sale : 22 April 2024 14:11:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Potin “à l’animal cornu”
Date: Ier siècle avant J.-C.
Metal : potin
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 2,79 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Belle monnaie pour ce type rare, sur un flan irrégulier. Droit complet avec une patine sombre et brillante, mais revers partiellement recouvert de concrétions
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. Cet exemplaire a bien le torque derrière la tête au droit et un gros globule entre les jambes du cheval au revers, comme sur le DT. 2652.

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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