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Live auction - bry_466492 - HENRY I Denier parisis, 1er type n.d. Paris

HENRY I Denier parisis, 1er type n.d. Paris AU/XF
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Estimate : 2 500 €
Price : 3 110 €
Maximum bid : 3 200 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 16:29:47
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Denier parisis, 1er type
Date: c. 1040-1060
Date: n.d.
Mint name / Town : Paris
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,20 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Ce denier est frappé sur un flan très large et légèrement irrégulier. Une jolie patine grise recouvre les deux faces de cet exemplaire. Reliefs plus nets au revers qu’au droit. La croix du revers apparaît légèrement en négatif au droit
Catalogue references :
C.33 - L.25 - Dy.16


Obverse legend : HANIRICVS REX.
Obverse description : Alpha et oméga suspendus dans le champ.
Obverse translation : (Henri roi).


Reverse legend : PAISIVS CIVITAS.
Reverse description : Croix.
Reverse translation : (Cité de Paris).

Historical background



The reign of Henry I, third monarch of the Capetian dynasty, opened by a civil war between the king and his younger brother, Robert, supported by their mother Queen Constance. It was only after the death of Constantius, which occurred in 1034, the two princes were reconciled. To ensure domestic peace, Henri Hugues invests the Duchy of Burgundy. It was the stem of a second Capetian house that would last three centuries. At this first conflict was followed by a war against the counts of Blois (1034-1039), the outcome was successful: the Capetians annexed the Sens and Touraine was taken to the house of Blois to move to the Counts of Anjou. But another vassal began to overshadow the king of France: William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy. First ally Henry, the young duke came into conflict with him from 1048. Against Duke, King supported the revolt of his Norman vassals. Beaten Mortemer (1054) and Varaville (1058), Henri witnessed helplessly increasing power of the future King of England. His reign may mark the end point of the decline of royal power. South of the Loire, his authority had practically disappeared. Yet the king of France retained an international stature. In front of the Pope and the Emperor, Henry struggled to maintain its authority over bishops and east of his kingdom. If the Empire ensured its control over the ancient kingdom of Burgundy, King of France puzzled, without much success, to loosen Lorraine Germanic influence. In 1051, he married Anne, daughter of Grand Prince of Kiev, Yaroslav. This alliance shows that, at that time, the horizon of the French monarchy went well beyond the limited space of the royal domain or northern France. In 1052, the queen gave birth to a son, with the Byzantine name of Philip, which was built in the tradition of royal names. Henry was crowned heir in 1059 and died the following year, with at least ensured the continuity of the dynasty. His long reign was the darkest those of the eleventh century.

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