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E-auction 515-428316 - bga_695566 - GALLIA - SOUTH WESTERN GAUL - SOTIATES (Area of Sos) Drachme "à la tête bouclée du Causé", S. 236

GALLIA - SOUTH WESTERN GAUL - SOTIATES (Area of Sos) Drachme  à la tête bouclée du Causé , S. 236 XF
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Estimate : 220 €
Price : 127 €
Maximum bid : 130 €
End of the sale : 27 February 2023 14:18:00
bidders : 8 bidders
Type : Drachme "à la tête bouclée du Causé", S. 236
Date: IIe-Ier siècles av. J.-C.
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 2,93 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée, avec une jolie tête au droit et un joli revers. Patine grise
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Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête à gauche, avec pour chevelure une seule rangée curviligne d'esses entrelacées dont la première forme le front et la dernière se termine en boucle sur le cou ; sous le sourcil, œil fait d'un point sur un arc de cercle ; nez droit bouleté en bout ; lèvres à deux points ; menton pointé ; oreille pointée ; cou assez long terminé par un trait horizontal en relief.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Croix bouletée au centre, formée de quatre cantons : une esse au 1er canton, un besant surmonté d'une lunule au 2e, un annelet orné d'une lunule au 3e et un anneau pointé relié à un point au-dessus et un autre au-dessous au 4e canton.

Historical background


(1st century BC)

The Sotiates or Sontiates inhabited the southwest of the current department of Lot-et-Garonne, as well as part of the Gers and the Landes, and were placed between the Elusates and the Nitiobroges. Their oppidum was Sos. If the people of the Sotiates is not itself mentioned in the Commentaries, Adietuanus, their leader, is (BG. III, 22). The latter was submitted by Publius Licinius Crassus, lieutenant of Caesar, the son of Crassus who was to die in 53 BC at the battle of Carrhae, moreover with his son. Adietanus would have surrendered to Caesar's lieutenant only after the capitulation of Sos, the capital of his people. Rallying to the Romans, the sotiate chief received the title of "Rex". Sources: Caesar (BG. III, 20, 21 and 22).

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