Coins from the Merovingian empire are popular across the world. Above all their gold coins, the tremissises. They have their stylistic style and reminds people to the early middle ages. Most of the coins are very rare.
So, to add one to your collection must be a highlight to your collection. Until the Merovingian king Theudebert I, Byzantine coins were in use in the Merovingian kingdom. He introduced his own coins at the start of his reign.
The Merovingian dynasty was a dynasty that lasted from the 5th century AD until 751 AD. They were referred as ‘’Kings of the Franks’’ in early literature from the Roman Army in Gaul.
In 509 AD they had united all the Franks and northern Gaulish Romans. With this alliance they conquered most of Gaul and they defeated the Visigoths in 507 AD and the Burgundians in 534 AD. They also defeated the Alemanni.
The Bavarii and the Saxons acknowledged their empire and lordship. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the Merovingian Kingdom was the largest and above all the most powerful kingdom of western Europe. Their empire was located in nowadays France, Belgium, France and Germany, this differed over time.
Weight: 1.22 gr. – 14 mm x 12 mm.
Catalog: Belfort 6226-7
Type: LOCO SANCTO/DACOALDVS
Catalog: Abramson E105; cf. S.790
Weight: 1.04 g – Diameter: 10.50 mm
Catalog: Abramson E105; cf. S.790
Obv: Degenerate diademed ‘porcupine’ head right, bars and cross facial motif.
Rev: Debased altar or standard, saltire and trefoil in opposing corners
Sons of Merovech
The word Merovingian comes from the Latin word Merovingi which means ‘’sons of Merovech’’. Merovech was possibly a legendary king. Although his actual existence is controversial, he must have been real to a lot of people during the Merovingian empire. In contrast to the contemporary Anglo-Saxon empires the Merovingians never claimed to de descent form any god. An exception in their time inside the genealogies of empires.
This does not mean that religion was not important in their empire. Their main religion was Christianity. It was, of course, introduced to them with the contacts with the Gallo-Romanic culture. Monks played also a large part by spreading Christianity. The rulers of the Merovingian empire used the newly formed religious structures in their own advantages. Episcopal and cloisters seats were given to the elites who supported the empire. Land was during this time still one of the most expensive and prestige possessions. So also, large parts of land were given to monasteries and these lands were mostly exempt of royal taxation.
Some great coins are on MA-Shops from the Merovingian empire. For example, this tremissis from circa 620-640 AD minted under Theudenus. This coin has an attractive primitive style. It weighs only 1.22 g. on the obverse you can see a diademed and draped bust to the right. You can read METTIS C?ETATE. On the reverse you can see a cross with C – ? in the lower angles within wreath. In outer circle the legend + THEVDENVS MOE. This a rare coin finds and an absolute highlight to your collection.
Catalog: cf. Belfort 2960 | cf. Prou 932
Weight 1,22gr. | Ø 14mm.
Obv. Diademed and draped bust right, around the legend mETTIS C?ETATE (C inverted)
Rev. Cross with C – ? in the lower angles within wreath. In outer circle the legend + THEVDENVS mOE (inverted)
Attractive primitive style. Very rare.
Weight: 1.32 g – Diameter: 10.50 mm
FREDVLFVS Moneyer, Bourges, Merovingian, BETOREX, Triens,
Bare head left,latin cross on a globe,Very rare type, well struck and in very good condition,+ BETO REX,FREDVLF MONIT?
Weight 1,10 grms
Written by Joël van Dam, Owner of Joëlnumismatics.
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