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E-auction 150-88923 - bfe_313276 - POITOU - COUNTY OF POITOU - COINAGE IMMOBILIZED IN THE NAME OF CHARLES II THE BALD Obole

POITOU - COUNTY OF POITOU - COINAGE IMMOBILIZED IN THE NAME OF CHARLES II THE BALD Obole AU
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Estimate : 90 €
Price : 35 €
Maximum bid : 46 €
End of the sale : 29 February 2016 15:32:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Obole
Date: circa 1050-1150
Date: n.d.
Mint name / Town : Melle
Metal : silver
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 0,58 g.
Coments on the condition:
Cette obole est frappée sur un flan large, légèrement irrégulier. Très bel exemplaire
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : + CARLVS REX R.
Obverse description : Croix pattée.
Obverse translation : (Charles, roi).

Reverse


Reverse legend : MET/ . /ALO.
Reverse description : En trois lignes dans le champ.
Reverse translation : (Melle).

Historical background


POITOU - COUNTY OF POITOU - COINAGE IMMOBILIZED IN THE NAME OF CHARLES II THE BALD

(10th-12th centuries)

In the 10th century, the Melle workshop belonged to the Counts of Poitiers. This workshop, located near a lead silver mine (still visited), is one of the few mentioned in the edict of Pistre. From 877, the Melle mint continued to mint denarii and obols in the name of the late King Charles II, known as "the Bald". Melle was an active workshop until the middle of the 12th century, a period around which all activity ceased, certainly due to a shortage of wood essential for the extraction of the ore and the smelting operations..

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