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Celt-Iberian, Bolskan, Iberia, 80 - 72 B.C.
Bolskan (modern Huesca, Spain) was the capital of the Iberian Vescetani tribe, located in Hispania Tarraconensis, about 65 km north of the Ebro River, on the road from Tarraco (modern Tarragona) and Ilerda (modern Lleida) to Caesaraugusta (modern Zaragoza). For six years Bolskan was the capital of Quintus Sertorius, the renegade Roman general and Iberian hero who took control of Spain, defeating all the Roman armies sent to remove him, until he was assassinated in 72 B.C. In 37 B.C., the city was refounded as a Roman colony, Urbs Victrix Osca.
CE17169. Bronze AE 22, Villaronga-Benages
1424 (R4), SNG BM
734 ff., SNG Lorichs
814 ff., Alvarez-Burgos
1918, VF, brown patina
, Bolskan (Huesca, Spain) mint, weight
8.283g, maximum diameter
22.4mm, die axis
, 80 - 72 B.C.; obverse
bearded male head
right (Palenzuela type
), curly hair, dotted collar, dolphin head
down behind; reverse
horseman galloping right, spear in right hand, reins in left, star
above, Iberian legend
"BoLSCaN" above ground line below; SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, January 24, 2019.
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