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TYPOS III Monnaies grecques en Gaule: Le tresor d'Auriol et le monnayage de Massalia. New.


Andreas E. Furtwangler.  Published by the Schweizerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft. Fribourg. 1978. HB (dark red cloth with a gilt-lettered spine)  336 pages, 4 maps, 8 pages of diagrams, 44 excellent b&w plates.  French text.  New.

This work is the latest research on the hoard, including analysis.

The Auriol Hoard
This find, made in 1867, consisted of 2130 silver coins all uninscribed and all of the archaic Greek style. They were discovered in an earthen vase. Auriol is only a short distance from Marseilles. The question arose immediately—were these then the earliest coins of the Greek colony of Massalia? Although numismatists have not been able to agree in their conclusions about the find, Monsieur Babelon's résumé of the evidence is made with his characteristic thoroughness, and there is slight reason for doubting the date he assigns for the burial (later than 480 BC and probably between 470 BC and 460 BC). Fortunately, a selection of almost all the varieties was secured for the Paris Cabinet where they are available for study. Monsieur Babelon's account includes the record of finds of similar coins, and his position with regard to them is in all probability the one that has the widest acceptance.

 

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