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Live auction - bca_624685 - PÉPIN II OF AQUITAINE Denier

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Estimate : 600 €
Price : 880 €
Maximum bid : 880 €
End of the sale : 08 December 2020 16:42:51
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Denier
Date: c. 846-848
Date: n.d.
Mint name / Town : Melle
Metal : silver
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,79 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Ce denier est frappé sur un flan très large et régulier. Exemplaire présentant de hauts reliefs et recouvert d’une jolie patine grise de médaillier
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : + PIPINVS REX EQ.
Obverse description : Croix.
Obverse translation : (Pépin, roi d’Aquitaine).


Reverse legend : + METVLLO.
Reverse description : Monogramme de Pépin (PIPINVS).
Reverse translation : (Melle).

Historical background



Pepin II of Aquitaine (823-865) is the eldest son of Pepin I (797-838) and the grandson of Louis the Pious. He succeeded his father Pepin I, who died on December 13, 838, by illegally seizing the throne and taking Toulouse in 843. Charles II the Bald tried to dislodge him but was forced to recognize his sovereignty over Aquitaine in exchange of the oath of vassalage. On the other hand, Pépin loses the county of Poitiers. The following years are nothing but an uninterrupted series of wars and betrayals. Toulouse and Poitiers are looted by the Normans. In 852, Pepin was delivered to Charles the Bald who had him locked up in Saint-Médard de Soissons. He escapes and revolts against his uncle again. The last ten years of his life, Pepin tries in vain to regain possession of his kingdom and dies captive in Senlis in 865.

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