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Lot 11

Estimate: 500 GBP   |   Starting price: 400 GBP Price realized: 460 GBP
Northeast Gaul, Ambiani AV Stater. Gallic War issue, circa 58-55 BC. Plain bulge / Disjointed horse right, crescents and pellets around; ornamented ground line below. D&T 236; Scheers 151; De la Tour 8710. 6.27g, 18mm.

Near Mint State; minor flatness and scrape to rev. Lustrous.

These staters were issued by the coalition of Gallic tribes to fund the war against Julius Caesar in Gaul. The blank obverse is likely an indication of the vast quantity that were struck and the haste in which they were made. The Ambiani themselves, to whom these issues are attributed, occupied the Somme valley area and were said to have fielded ten thousand warriors against Caesar. Their chief town Samarobriva, afterwards called Ambiani and Civitas Ambianensium, is thought to have been on the site of modern-day Amiens.

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