ITALY, Salerno. Guglielmo.
|CNG 84, Lot: 1752. Estimate $150.
Sold for $105. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Duke of Apulia, 1111-1127. Æ Follaro (14mm, 1.57 g, 3h). Facing bust of St. Matteo, holding Gospel; [S to left], m to right / Large cross; V V D X in quarters. CNI XVIII 19; Travaini, Monetazione
type 120; MEC 14, 145. VF, brown patina.
Guglielmo, Duke of Apulia and Calabria, was the son of Ruggero Borsa. Succeeeding his father as duke on the death of the former in 1111, Guglielmo was an inept ruler who was unable to avoid engaging in conflicts with his neighboring relations. In 1121, Pope Callixtus II personaly intervened between Guglielmo and Ruggero, Count of Calabria and Sicilia (Ruggero II); in return for Ruggero’s assistance, Guglielmo was to relinquish his claim on Calabria and Sicilia. Although he married, Guglilelmo had no children and on his death in 1127, his territory passed to Ruggero.