North-east Gaul, Celtic Ambiani AV Stater. Gallic War issue, circa 58-55 BC. Plain bulge / Disjointed horse right; crescents and pellets around. D&T 241; Scheers 154; De la Tour 8710; SCBC 11. 6.36g, 19mm.
Ex private German collection.
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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