Aulerci Eburovices (Celtic Northern Gaul), ca. 50 to 40 BC. Silver Scyphate denarius

Ancient Coins - Aulerci Eburovices (Celtic Northern Gaul), ca. 50 to 40 BC. Silver Scyphate denarius
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Aulerci Eburovices 
Silver Scyphate denarius also known as a Lamallaire, ca. 50 to 40 B.C
 13 x 15 mm - 0.45 grams.
 
Stylized head right
Horse left with a boar below.
 
DT.2427-2428 var.
Fine to Very fine  RARE
 
Different reverse as in the discussion below by John Hooker (Author of Celtic Improvisations, and owner of the CELTIC COIN INDEX ON LINE) .
 
Aulerci Eburovices ca. 50-40 B.C.
AR scyphate unit (lamellaire).
Obv., helmeted head r., (derived from Pallas types), the eye represented as a pellet in annulet. On the cheek is a boar with its crest perhaps representing a moustache. an indeterminate shape on the left marks the position of the helmet ear flap. Vestiges of a wreath are at the neck position.
Rev., horse right with reversed S shape above, and above that traces of a lash (mostly off the coin). In front of the horse is a beaded annulet with four straight lines radiating from it and a bead at the centre. Below the horse is a boar.
These rare coins have been included in the new Atlas de Monnaies Gauloises as Series 31 and 31b., their exact attribution is uncertain as most of them are unprovenanced. they are given to the Aulerci Eburovices on stylistic grounds.
The reason for making such fragile (large but very thin) coins could be that they were intended as "display of wealth" offerings at council meetings (along with the usual sacrifice and feast of livestock) which was intended to show the largess of clan leaders. This practice continued in the north of Scotland as late as the eighteenth century. See, Robert A Dodgshon, "Modelling chiefdoms in the Scottish Highlands and Islands prior to the '45" in _Celtic chiefdom, Celtic state_, Cambridge, 1995. The scyphate gold of the Corieltauvi in England might have had the same function. Common to both types of coin are edges that can become rather ragged over time. That they were made to circulate is very doubtful owing to their extreme fragility.
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