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Gaul - AR Half unit of the Aulerci Cenomani

 
 
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 Posted 09/13/2018  02:41 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This came in the CNG lot with the Hirkod. Only the reverse was visible, and I thought it was a much more common Iceni coin. I was mistaken!

Celtic Gaul, Aulerci Cenomani Tribe
Area of Le Mans, France
AR 1/2 unit (11mm, 0.62g)
80-50 BC

Obv: Head of Athena right
Rev: Stylized horse right, schematized Nike holding wreath above; solar pattern below (some argue a bust of Helios?)



I just love the organic, flowing artistry of the La Tene Celtic style! I hope someday to add a few more (hopefully larger) examples, but these are quite popular coins, and thus quite expensive!

The only extant history of this tribe is from the Roman perspective. Julius Caesar notes that this tribe contributed a force of 5,000 soldiers to aid the chieftan Vercingetorix in his last-ditch effort to unite Gaul against the Romans. They were all subjugated in 52 BC, and the Cenomani were subsequently Romanized.

They are not to be confused with the Cenomani in Cisalpine Gaul; another coin-issuing tribe which may or may not have been ethnically/culturally related.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  08:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MetDet71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thats a nice looking coin Finn.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  08:36 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Neat little coin, I need to start buying CNG lots you have been finding excellent coins in them.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great little coin with really nice colouring and detail...

You´ve certainly been picking up some lovely interesting coins lately

Keep em coming...Paul
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I agree that the design of the horse is really neat on these coins. Nice job snagging this one.
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 Posted 09/13/2018  3:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all!

An interesting side note is that the portrait on this coin is at an intermediate state of degeneracy; the other examples are usually a *bit* more realistic, or much more degraded.

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