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Live auction - bmv_347871 - MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA) Denier à la croix ancrée, V II

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Estimate : 900 €
Price : 500 €
Maximum bid : 551 €
End of the sale : 30 June 2015 15:45:57
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Denier à la croix ancrée, V II
Date: c. 700-750
Mint name / Town : Marseille
Metal : silver
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,12 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Flan large avec une superbe tête mais un revers un peu mou. Agréable patine grise de collection ancienne
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Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient d’une vente ELSEN


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Tête stylisée à gauche, les cheveux en arrière et une croisette bouletée devant le visage ; grènetis.


Reverse description : Croix ancrée, de part et d'autre V et II ; deux globules de chaque côté du sommet de la croix.


Ce type de tête a longtemps été attribué à Mayence, mais les provenances multiples dans le sud-est de la France font que l'attribution à Marseille s'est progressivement imposée.
Cet exemplaire n’est que le second que nous avons avec la tête à gauche ! Cette variante semble bien plus rare.

Historical background


(Seventh - eighth century)

Childeric II abolished the coinage of gold in Gaul in favor of a mint of money. Workshop Marseille struck silver coins after the murder of Childeric II in 675 and probably until the beginning of the reign of Pepin the Short. The workshop was an important production whose only treasure of Nice-Cimiez has delivered a wide variety of types. Five patricians succeeded at the head of the city, Ansedertus, Nemfidius, Antenor, and Metranus Abbo. In 736 Provence was attached to the kingdom of France and Charles Martel ended the patricians. No copper production in Marseille seems attested. Without text, the dates of these patricians are not known.

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