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bmv_723280 - MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA) Denier au M

MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA) Denier au M XF/AU
550.00 €(Approx. 599.50$ | 462.00£)
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Type : Denier au M
Date: (c. 700-750)
Mint name / Town : Marseille (13)
Metal : silver
Diameter : 10,5 mm
Weight : 1,19 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Ce denier est frappé sur un flan un peu court et irrégulier. Exemplaire recouvert d’une patine grise
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Quadrillage formant deux A tête bêche.

Reverse


Reverse description : Grande M avec barre d’abréviation et globule ; deux globules à gauche.

Commentary


Il est tentant d’attribuer ce genre de denier à Marseille, mais l’attribution n’est pas certaine. Il est intéressant de noter les similitudes avec d’autres deniers d’une typologie assez proche et qui sont plutôt attribués à Melle (Deux-Sèvres) et à sa région.

Historical background


MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA)

(7th - 8th century)

Childeric II abolishes the minting of gold in Gaul in favor of silver coinage. The Marseilles mint struck silver coins after the assassination of Childeric II in 675 and probably until the beginning of the reign of Pepin the Short. The workshop had an important production of which the only treasure of Nice-Cimiez delivered a great variety of types. Five patricians succeeded one another at the head of the city, Ansedertus, Nemfidius, Antenor, Metranus and Abbo. In 736, Provence was attached to the kingdom of France and Charles Martel put an end to the patriciate. No copper production in Marseilles seems attested. For lack of text, the dates of these patrices are not known.

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