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L. Hostilius Saserna c 48 BC
Having been appointed governor of the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis (modern Provence) in 58 BC, Julius Caesar proceeded to conquer the Gallic tribes. Vercingetorix, the cheiftain of the Arverni, managed to unify the Gallic tribes against the Romans and adopted more modern styles of warfare. In 52 BC Vercingetorix attacked the Romans tactically retreating to natural fortifications using a scorched earth strategy so the Romans legions could not be sustained off the land. At Gergovia Vercingetorix defeated the Roman inflicting heavy losses. However, Vercingetorix also lost many men, including many noblemen and retreated and moved to another stronghold, Alesia. In the Battle of Alesia (September, 52 BC), Caesar built a fortification around the city to besiege it only to discover the rest of the Gauls would be surrounding the besiegers. Caesar built second outer fortification and his legions operated in a doughnut-shaped fortification. Caesar prevailed and Vercingetorix was imprisoned in the Tullianum prison in Rome for five years. After being publicly displayed in Caesar's triumph in 46 BC, Vercingetorix was executed. Obvervse bearded Vercingetorix (presumably) with flowing hair and Gallic shield. Reverse ab iga driven by charioteer and a warrior facing backward holding shield and hurling spear L HOSTILIVS SASERN.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J. Berk, LTD

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