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Live auction - bca_556612 - CHARLEMAGNE Obole

CHARLEMAGNE Obole AU
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 500 €
Maximum bid : 800 €
End of the sale : 03 December 2019 16:00:58
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Obole
Date: circa 768-781
Date: n.d.
Mint name / Town : Melle
Metal : silver
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Weight : 0,54 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Cette obole est frappé sur un flan large, légèrement irrégulier et voilé. Exemplaire recouvert d’une patine grise de médaillier. Petit trou traversant au niveau du E

Obverse


Obverse legend : MEDQD.
Obverse description : autour un annelet entouré de huit pointes.
Obverse translation : (Melle).

Reverse


Commentary


Cette obole est particulièrement rare car elle présente en cœur non pas un annelet doté de deux ailettes, mais un annelet entouré de huit pointes formant une roue. Pour plus de détail sur les obole unifaces de Melle, cf. l’article de Philippe Schiesser, “Les oboles unifaces de Charlemagne de Melle”, Numismatique et archéologie en Poitou-Charentes, RT SENA 2, 2009, p. 49-62 et planche VI.

Historical background


CHARLEMAGNE

(09/24/768-01/28/814)

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 Berthe au grand pied. Carloman died in 771. From 773, Charles attacked the Lombard kingdom and captured Pavia the following year by 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 inheritance 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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