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Auction 96  14 May 2014
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Lot 1047

Estimate: 10 000 USD
Price realized: 8500 USD
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CAROLINGIANS. Pépin 'le Bref' (the Short). King of the Franks, 754/5-768. AR Denier (18mm, 1.09 g, 3h). Uncertain mint, possibly St. Denis. Large R : P; above, pelleted macron; pellet below R; triple pellets below P / (ΛVT)/ TOΔ ••/N(diamond O) in three lines between two pelleted bars. Cf. Depeyrot 892/2; cf. M&G 47; cf. Gariel, pl. I, 1-7; cf. Prou 2-4; MEC 1, 720 (all refs. for type). Near EF, old collection tone. Well struck on a broad flan.


Pepin was the first Carolingian king and was an extremely successful ruler, suppressing revolts and firmly establishing his family in a position of unquestioned power until, with the approval of Pope Zachary, he deposed the last of the Merovingians, Childeric III, and took over the throne.
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