Gold coins of the Santones, 5-1st century BCE. Early Gallic coins were often inspired by Greek coinage.[1]
A map of Gaul in the 1st century BC, showing the approximate locations of the Celtic tribes.
Country of the Santones during Roman times.

The Santones or Santoni or Santii (Ancient Greek: Σάντονες, Σάντονοι, Σάντωνες, French: Santons) were a tribe of ancient Gaul located in the modern region of Saintonge and around the city of Saintes, city to which they gave their name. The Romans occupied the territory of the Santones from the 1st century BC. Descendants of the tribe carry the names Sand (UK), Sant (UK, Malta), Sante (UK, Malta, France), Santi (Malta, Italy), Santy (UK).


  1. Boardman, John (1993). The Diffusion of Classical Art in Antiquity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 308. ISBN 0691036802.

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Coin of the Santones, 1st century BC (Cabinet des Médailles)

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