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Silver ‘Quinarius’ of the Sequani_obv

Silver ‘Quinarius’ of the Sequani

The Sequani people were a Celtic tribe who lived in Gaul (roughly modern France) in an area similar to the Burgundy Free Country today. They hired a German tribe, the Seubi, to defeat their rivals, the Aedui. The Seubi won but then took large parts of the Sequani lands and terrorised the people who requested Caesar's help, just what he needed to claim to be the saviour, not conqueror, of Gaul. This was his springboard for his famous conquest of Gaul, the Gallic Wars! We have not had a group of the Sequani’s silver coins before but we managed to buy a small group recently. They are fashioned after Roman quinarius and importantly date to the mid-1st century B.C., just around the time of Caesar’s conquest! The design is of a helmeted head on the obverse with a horse on the reverse. They are difficult to discern as they are crudely struck (the design was bigger than the flan) but they are priced accordingly. For just £59.50 you can have a coin of the tribe who accidentally let Caesar loose on Gaul!