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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2195. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $1800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LOMBARDIC DUKES OF PERUGIA. TRASAMUND. Early 8th Century. Lead seal (12.31 gm). +TRAS-EMVND Bearded bust of Trasamund facing, hair elaborately dressed, wearing robe of state / Cross potent on two steps. For a similar seal for Liutprand, see G. Schlumberger, Mélanges de numismatique et de siliographie médiévale, RN 1905, pg. 356/7. Cracked, but EF. ($3000)

Ex Italo Vecchi Auction 7 (6-7 October 1997), lot 1012.

Trasamund is known to have fled to Rome in 739 and to have become involved in the events that led Pope Gregory III (731-741) to appeal for aid against king Liutprand, not to the Byzantine emperor in the east but for the first time to the west in the person of Charles Martel, ruler of the Franks.