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Roman Provincial Coins from Gaul

Gallic Celts, Carnutes, Beauce Area, c. 41 - 30 B.C.

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The helmeted bust on the obverse is derived from that of Minerva on the Roman Republic denarius of C. Vibius Varus, 42 B.C. (Crawford 494/38, Sydenham 1140).
CE89589. Bronze piastre, CCBM III 119, De la Tour 7105, Delestrée-Tache 2473, Scheers S-M 324 ff., Blanchet 274, aVF, green patina with darker fields, some bumps and scratches, light corrosion, weight 2.923 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 270o, c. 41 - 30 B.C.; obverse PIXTILOS, helmeted head left, the neck adorned with a torque, branch left, ornaments above; reverse PIXTILOS, lion running left, tail curled above the back, two ringed pellets above, stylized bird right below; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; scarce; $260.00 SALE |PRICE| $234.00
 


Gallic Celts, Uncertain (Lemovices?), c. 100 - 50 B.C.

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The tribe and mint that issued this obol type are unknown, but the Lemovices struck quinarii with similar types, including a human head above the horse on the reverse. It is possible the Lemovices also issued this rare type.
CE89067. Silver obol, Delestrée-Tache 3699; cf. CCBM II S404 ff., De la Tour 4561 (Lemovices, severed head series quinarii), F, well centered, toned, etched surfaces, weight 0.633 g, maximum diameter 10.8 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, c. 100 - 50 B.C.; obverse female head right in classic style; reverse horse galloping right, small human head right above; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; rare; $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00
 


Celtic, Northeast Gaul, Remi, 1st Century B.C.

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The Remi were a Belgic people of north-eastern Gaul, with their capital at Durocortum (Reims, France). They were renowned for their horses and cavalry. The Remi allied themselves with Julius Caesar during the Gallic Wars and were one of the few tribes not to join the rebellion of Vercingetorix. Potin has no intrinsic value, so the caste potin coinage of the Gaulish Celts was fiat money (like the dollar bill, it has no value except that it is accepted in trade). There were no weight standards. Each type was accepted only by the tribe that issued it.
CE92008. Potin unit, CCCBM III 477, Castelin Zürich 328, De La Tour 8145, Delestrée-Tache 220, VF, gray patina, weight 4.999 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 270o, Durocortum (Reims, France) mint, 1st century B.C.; obverse figure seated facing, with legs crossed, holding torc in right hand, plait of hair in left hand; reverse boar standing right; snake-like ornament above, star above right, star below center; ex CNG e-auction 256 (25 May 2011), lot 163 (realized $220 plus fees); $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00
 


Gallic Celts, Lingones, c. 58 - 50 B.C., Time of Caesar's Gallic Wars

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The Celtic Lingones tribe lived in Gaul near the headwaters of the Seine and Marne rivers. Their capital was called Andematunnum, then Lingones, now Langres in the Haute-Marne, France. Some Lingones migrated across the Alps and settled near the mouth of the Po River in Cisalpine Gaul of northern Italy around 400 B.C., part of a wave of Celtic tribes that included the Boii and Senones. The Lingones may have helped sack Rome in 390 B.C. The Gaulish Lingones were thoroughly Romanized by the 1st century, living in a rich and urbanized society in the region of Langres and Dijon and minting coins. They initially joined the Batavian rebellion, in 69 A.D., fearing they would be plundered by the Roman army. But when, contrary to expectation, the inhabitants remained unharmed and lost none of their property, they returned to loyalty, and provided Rome seventy thousand armed men. From dedicatory inscriptions and stamped tiles, we know that two cohorts of Lingones served in Roman Britain in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.Gaul

CE91985. Silver quinarius, CCBM II 328, Delestrée-Tache 3197, De la Tour 8178, Forrer -, VF, toned, tight oval flan, weight 1.855 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 270o, Lingones (Langres, France) mint, c. 58 - 50 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Roma left, wearing pear necklace, radiate annulet (star?) behind, anepigraphic; reverse bridled horse left, KAΛ above, wheel with four spokes forming X over crescent with horns downward below horse (replacing ∆E on earlier coins), Y before horse; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
 







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American Numismatic Society Collections Database (ANSCD) - http://numismatics.org/search/search.
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Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Denmark, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum, Vol. 8: Egypt, North Africa, Spain - Gaul. (1994).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, München Staatlische Münzsammlung, Part 1: Hispania. Gallia Narbonensis. (Berlin, 1968).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Münzsammlung Universität Tübingen, Part 1: Hispania-Sikelia. (Berlin, 1981).
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain XII, The Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, Part 1: Roman Provincial Coins: Spain-Kingdoms of Asia Minor. (Oxford, 2004).

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