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E-auction 4-578 - bga_148922 - GALLIA - SOUTH-WESTERN GAUL - TOLOSATES (Area of Vieille-Toulouse) Drachme “à la tête négroïde”

GALLIA - SOUTH-WESTERN GAUL - TOLOSATES (Area of Vieille-Toulouse) Drachme “à la tête négroïde” VF/XF
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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 32 €
Maximum bid : 33 €
End of the sale : 15 April 2013 17:09:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Drachme “à la tête négroïde”
Date: c. 121-52 AC.
Metal : silver
Diameter : 13,5 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 2,55 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Décentré au droit. Flan quadrangulaire irrégulier. Petite faiblesse de frappe sur deux cantons au droit
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête stylisée et dégénérée à gauche, de type négroïde dont seule la chevelure est visible.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Croix bouletée au centre, cantonnée au 1er canton, d’une S retournée, un annelet au 2e canton, un globule au 3e canton et trois points liés au 4e canton.

Commentary


Au XVIIIe siècle, les monnaies “à la tête négroïde” étaient classées par Fauris de Saint-Vincent comme médiévales (cf. Duby, vol. II, suppl. IX, n° 11).

Historical background


GALLIA - SOUTH-WESTERN GAUL - TOLOSATES (Area of Vieille-Toulouse)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The Tolosates, component of the Volques Tectosages, occupied the region of Tolosa (Old Toulouse). They would have been submitted after 105 BC by Quintus Servilius Cæpio. This episode would be at the origin of the myth of the gold of Toulouse "aurum Tolosanum". Tolosa, their capital was included in the province of Narbonnaise, bordering independent Gaul before the Gallic war. During the Gallic Wars, the Tolosates seem to have remained faithful to the Roman alliance. Sources: Caesar (BG. I, 10; III, 20; VII, 7); Strabo (G. IV, 14).

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