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bmv_633982 - MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA) Denier, patrice Nemfidius

MEROVINGIAN COINAGE - MARSEILLE (MASSILIA) Denier, patrice Nemfidius VF/VF
200.00 €(Approx. 242.00$ | 178.00£)
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Type : Denier, patrice Nemfidius
Date: c. 700-710
Mint name / Town : Marseille (13)
Metal : silver
Diameter : 10 mm
Weight : 1,21 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Ce denier est frappé sur un flan court, irrégulier et assez épais. Petite tache au droit
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Buste à droite, dans un grènetis.

Reverse


Reverse legend : + MASILIA.
Reverse description : Croix dans un listel intérieur ; légende dégénérée autour.

Commentary


Ce denier est difficilement identifiable ; il ressemble à certains deniers du patrice Nemfidius, mais la légende MASI(LIA) n’y correspond pas. Peu de deniers de Marseille portent cette légend.

Historical background


MARSEILLE (MASSILIA)

(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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