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Quarter solidus: CM.521-1998

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Maker(s)

Louis the Pious (814-840) (Ruler)
Unspecified (Mint)

Description

Cut-quarter of a gold solidus. Only some 15 official solidi of Louis are known, compared with some 80 imitations. The importance of this carefully divided quarter-coin is as evidence for the acceptance of solidi by tale rather than as mere bullion in the 9th century.

Notes

History note: Ex Spink sale 14 July 1998, lot 270 (not sold); found near Louth, Lincs, November 1996.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1998-10-12) by Taylor, Geoffrey

Dating

816 CE - 819 CE

Components of the work

Object composed of gold Diameter (min) 9.5 mm Diameter 14.1 mm Weight 1.16 g

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.521-1998
Primary reference Number: 199635
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Created: Monday 21 July 2014 Updated: Thursday 13 September 2018 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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