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Live auction - bca_874788 - CHARLEMAGNE Denier

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Starting price : 2 500 €
Estimate : 5 000 €
Price : 3 728 €
Maximum bid : 3 728 €
End of the sale : 05 December 2023 15:19:58
bidders : 2 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 771-794
Date: n.d.
Mint name / Town : Angers
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 9 h.
Weight : 1,22 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Ce denier est frappé sur un flan large et légèrement voilé et présente d’assez hauts reliefs. Patine grise avec de petites taches
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
non connu


Obverse legend : CARO / LVS.
Obverse description : en deux lignes.
Obverse translation : (Charles).


Reverse description : Monogramme ANDE accosté à gauche d’une croix, à droite d’un groupe de points formant un demi-cercle.

Historical background



Charles became king in 768 on the death of his father Pepin the Short and shared the kingdom with his brother Carloman (768-771) under the watchful eye of their mother Bertha with big feet. Carloman died in 771. From 773, Charles attacked the Lombard kingdom and seized Pavia the following year, dethroning Didier. He is crowned King of the Lombards and confirms Constantine's donation to Rome. The first expedition to Spain in 778 ended in failure (Roncesvalles). In 781, he named Pépin king of Italy and Louis, king of Aquitaine. In 788, he annexed Bavaria after deposing the duke. He led a great crusade against the Saxons between 782 and 803. The latter converted to Christianity. On December 25, 800, he was crowned emperor in Rome by Leo III, but it was not until 812 that his title was recognized by Michael I (811-813) of Byzantium. Charles, already old, wants to settle his succession between his three sons, but Pépin and Charles precede him in death. In 814, it was Louis who inherited the empire unified by Charlemagne.

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