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E-auction 318-235623 - GALLIA BELGICA - SEQUANI (Area of Besançon) Obole à la croix, MSOA tête à gauche

GALLIA BELGICA - SEQUANI (Area of Besançon) Obole à la croix, MSOA tête à gauche VF/XF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 66 €
Maximum bid : 67 €
End of the sale : 20 May 2019 14:01:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Obole à la croix, MSOA tête à gauche
Date: c. 80-50 AC.
Metal : silver
Diameter : 9 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 0,41 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Joli revers. Patine de collection ancienne
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête stylisée à gauche, la chevelure formée par deux esses.


Reverse description : Croix cantonnée.
Reverse legend : M/O/S/D.


L’attribution à l’Est de la France, autour du Jura est probable au vu de récentes découvertes. Il semble qu’il y ait eu des confusions entre les monnaies de ce type, et les imitations de Marseille épigraphes MSAO, émises dans la vallée du Rhône ou plus précisément par les Allobroges (cf. DT. 3173).
En recherchant des références pour cette obole, on se rend compte qu’il s’agit d’un monnayage très rare et curieusement absent de la plupart des publications et des collections publiées.
Ce type semble indirectement copié sur les oboles de Marseille. Il présente aussi certaines similitudes avec les oboles à la croix des Volques Tectosages..

Historical background

Sequanes (Region Besançon)

(Second - first century BC)

The Séquanes was one of the most important people of eastern Gaul. They were the enemies of the Aedui, their neighbors. Their territory was vast and stretched between the Saone, Rhone, Jura and Vosges. The Jura lakes separated the Helvetii. They were very strong in the third and second centuries BC, but had lost their pride after the Germans had occupied part of its territory to 70 BC They were neighbors Leuques the Lingons the Aedui and the Helvetii. Their main oppidum was Vesontio (Besançon). Cited several times by Caesar, during the campaign of 52 BC, they provided a contingent of 12,000 men for the army of relief. Caesar (Bg. I, 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 19, 31-33, 35, 38, 40, 44, 48, 54, IV, 10, VI, 12, VII, 66, 67, 75, 90). Kruta: 16, 71, 111, 364.

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