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Lot 687

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France, Merovingian, ND Circa 650-680, Tremisses, VF; France, Merovingian, ND Circa 650-680 Tremisses, VF, Austrasia, Moneyer Madelinus MEC-494, immobilization or Imitation issue, 1.2g (Highly debased), Dorestad (Netherlands). Obv Portrait facing right; ...T FIT /Cross; Rx ...+HVSH. Scarce.
According to D.J. Henstra (The Evolution of the Money Standard in Medieval Frisia [Gronigen, 2000]), the Merovingians occupied Frisia circa 630, whereupon the mintmasters Madelinus and Rimoaldus struck their respective gold coinages. Around 650, the Frisians reconquered their territories, and continued to strike Tremisses based on the Dorestat type of Madelinus, though likely at a mint removed from Dorestat. These imitations were quickly debased, until full silver deniers replaced the tremisses, circa 680. The Merovingians captured Dorestat again circa 689, and reestablished their mint there. It was around this time that the production of the silver deniers based on the Madelinus type ended.
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