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Live auction - bga_503924 - VENETI (Area of Vannes) Statère d'or à l'hippocampe

VENETI (Area of Vannes) Statère d or à l hippocampe XF
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Estimate : 6 000 €
Price : 3 800 €
Maximum bid : 3 800 €
End of the sale : 04 December 2018 15:12:11
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Statère d'or à l'hippocampe
Date: c. 100-70 BC
Mint name / Town : Vannes (56)
Metal : gold
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 7,63 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire d’une grande finesse au revers et présentant un trêflage au droit. Bon métal bien jaune, recouvert d’une belle patine. Monnaie rare et exceptionnelle !
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête à droite, coiffée d'un hippocampe et entourée de cordons perlés auxquels sont attachées de petites têtes.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Cheval androcéphale à droite, l'aurige tient le stimulus ; devant le cheval, un vexillum ; génie ailé couché sous le cheval.

Commentary


Ce type de statère à l’hippocampe en cimier est probablement la monnaie armoricaine en or la plus mythique ! Ce type reste rare et manque à la plupart des musées et ne passe qu’exceptionnellement en vente. Selon le MONETA, quarante exemplaires sont néanmoins recensés.
Nous n’en avons eu que trois autres exemplaires (MONNAIES IV n° 612 et 613 et MONNAIES 57, n° 446).

Historical background


VENETI (Area of Vannes)

(2nd - 1st century BC)

The Vénètes were an Armorican people who resided in the current department of Morbihan and whose capital was Vannes. They were as good sailors as they were excellent traders and controlled both the pewter trade and its export between Brittany and Rome. They had a powerful fleet and many coastal ports. The Vénètes took the head of the Armorican coalition which opposed Caesar in 57 BC They were submitted by Crassus. The following year, in 56 BC, the Venetian fleet met that of Caesar, in the Loire estuary or in the Gulf of Morbihan and was totally destroyed. They sent a relief contingent to help clear Vercingetorix besieged in Alesia during the second revolt. After the war, the Vénètes lost their political power, but kept an economic role, in particular in the commercial relations with Brittany. Caesar (BG. II, 34; III, 7, 9, 11, 16, 17; VII, 75). Livy (Ep. 104). Strabo (G. IV, 4, 1). Pliny (HN. IV, 107); Ptolemy (G. II, 8).

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