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3600394
360, Lot: 394. Estimate $100.
Sold for $140. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Æ As (24mm, 8.85 g, 7h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck 10-7(?) BC. Laureate head right / Front elevation of the Altar of Lugdunum, decorated with the corona civica between laurels and stylized figures; altar flanked by columns surmounted by statues of Victory standing vis-à-vis, each holding a palm frond and wreath. RIC I 230; Lyon 73. Near VF, brown surfaces. Interesting crude style, probably executed by a novice celator.


We are told that the Altar of Rome and Augustus at Lugdunum and the cult activities surrounding it were established by Drusus in 12 BC amidst uprisings in Gaul (Dio 43.32; Livy, Epit. 138-9). The sanctuary where the altar stood, easily accessible since Agrippa’s road network was laid out, served as the assembly place for the tribal representatives of the Tres Galliae. Convening annually, the provincial assembly effectively gave the local Gallic communities a voice while uniting them under the backdrop of the imperial cult. It also provided tribal leaders an opportunity to compete on a larger stage. Among the activities at the assembly were the elections of the cult’s officers and the annual high priest. The latter was the highest office one could hope to obtain in Gaul and brought great prestige to both the priest and his community.