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Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 1027

CAROLINGIANS. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, 768-814. AR Denier (20mm, 1.75 g, 6h). Pavia mint. Struck 793/4-812.


Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part I
Lot: 1027.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Early Medieval, Silver

Sold For $ 3 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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CAROLINGIANS. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, 768-814. AR Denier (20mm, 1.75 g, 6h). Pavia mint. Struck 793/4-812. + CARLVS REX FR, cross pattée / + P A P I A, Carolus monogram. Cf. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 78 (for type); Coupland, Charlemagne, pl. 7b, 15; Depeyrot 780E; M&G 207; MEC 1, –. Deep cabinet tone. EF.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins, purchased from Charles H. Wolfe, III, 1998.

In 793/4 a major reform of the coinage took place. ‘The novi denarii, as they are called by the Council of Frankfurt of May 794, have on one face the royal monogram, in the form in which it was used to validate charters, and on the other a cross, while around them, in large letters, are circular inscriptions, reading on one face of the coin +CARLVS REX FR and on the other the name of the mint where the coin was struck. The uniformity of their design, effective throughout the kingdom, shows that the Carolingian kings had secured something their Merovingian predecessors had never attempted, full control of the coinage.’ Grierson, p.34

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Three – Roman Imperial Coinage Part II through World Coinage Part II will be held Wednesday morning, 15 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.