Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries 1-1 (May 2009)Nico Roymans; Joris Aarts: Coin use in a dynamic frontier region. Late Iron Age coinages in the Lower Rhine area
3 Survey of the principal coin groups from the Lower Rhine region

3.5 Silver coins with the legend ANNAROVECI (Scheers 58 type) and the ethnogenesis of the Tungri (c. 50-25 BC)

Concentrated in central Belgium is a small, local coin group of silver quinarii with a high copper content featuring a right-facing head on the obverse, a horse on the reverse and the circular legend ANNAROVECI on both sides (Figs. 11 and12). Haselgrove dates the coins to between 60 and 20 BC.[25] However, the strong similarity between the horse on the reverse and the horse of the more recent AVAVCIA coins (Fig. 11) argues for a dating in the third quarter of the 1st century BC. This late dating renders Scheer’s proposed attribution of this coin type to the Eburones an anachronism.[26] More plausible is an association with the ethnogenesis of the Tungri. A leader by the name of Annaroveci may have played a prominent role here.


Fig. 11 Bronze AVAVCIA coin with legend (class I; left) and ANNAROVECI quinarius (right).


Fig. 12 Distribution of silver ANNAROVECI coins, Schemers 58 type (after Schemers 1996, Fig. 3, with additions).