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91001138

Two Extremely Rare Merovingian Solidi

CNG 91, Lot: 1138. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MEROVINGIANS, Marseille. temp. Clotaire II. Circa 600-620. AV Solidus of 21 Siliquae (21mm, 3.85 g, 6h). Fourth phase, group 8 (pseudo-imperial coinage). Struck in the name of Maurice Tiberius. D N mΛV •• • CR PP ΛVC, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / VICORI Λ ΛVC[C]V, cross potent set on globe; M Λ flanking cross, X XI flanking globe; all within wreath with ties above; CONOB. NM Type 8-1A, 28; Rigold 58-70 var. (legends); Belfort 2456 var. (same); MEC 1, 403; CNG 78, 1905 (same dies). Good VF, traces of underlying luster, numerous scrapes and marks, slightly wavy flan. Extremely rare.