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E-auction 567-508385 - bga_883962 - TURONES (Area of Touraine) Potin “à la tête diabolique”, taureau à droite

TURONES (Area of Touraine) Potin “à la tête diabolique”, taureau à droite VF
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Estimate : 100 €
Price : 24 €
Maximum bid : 24 €
End of the sale : 26 February 2024 14:09:40
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Potin “à la tête diabolique”, taureau à droite
Date: c. 80-50 AC.
Metal : potin
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 10 h.
Weight : 3,25 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Flan centré. Des faiblesses mais type reconnaissable. Patine gris sombre
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête stylisée à gauche, avec l'œil en creux, le nez pointu, lèvres représentées par deux globules.


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Taureau cornupète chargeant à droite.


Cet exemplaire semble plus proche des monnaies des Turons, mais il n’est pas sans rappeler certaines séries attribuées aux Bituriges.
Même si les études réalisées sur les potins des Turons laissent à désirer, les auteurs du Nouvel Atlas n'ont repris que deux exemplaires ; celui de la classe I, typique avec sa petite tête chevelue et la croisette au revers, et celui de la classe II auquel tous les autres potins turons sont assimilés.

Historical background

TURONES (Area of Touraine)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The people of the Turons, settled on the Loire, left their name to Tours and Touraine. They are quoted several times in Caesar's Commentaries. They seem to have grown in importance after the disappearance of the Arverne empire in 121 BC. Like the Pictons, the Turons provided eight thousand men for the relief army which was to release Alesia. Their main oppidum seems to have been placed near the site of Amboise. Caesar (BG. II, 35; VII, 4, 75; VIII, 46).

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