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Unique ID: SUR-40F667

Object type certainty: Certain
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An early-medieval gold tremissis Merovingian of the 'National coinage' (c.AD580 - 670) dating to the period cAD580 - 610. Obverse: diademed bust right, with a legend possibly corresponding to a town's name, possibly IERILIA(NIS) or CERILIA(NIS). Reverse: seated figure, possibly derived from Roma, left, holding victory. Legend corresponds to a moneyer, possibly (M)OTENC(I). Ref: Prou 1892: p. 395, nos 1910-1, 1912; /pl.XXVII nos 22-3

RVN in exergue, possibly corresponding to an unidentifed mint in the civitas Rutenorum (Rodez), South-Central France.


The obverse of the coin (design and inscription) corresponds to Prou 1912, the reverse Prou 1910-1. Ref: Prou 1892: 395; pl. XXVII, 22-3.

On the basis of three other stylistically linked coins known with a cross and RV in the exergue that were struck with the name of Theodebert II 595-612, this coin may be attributed to that ruler.

Initial identification provided by Dr Arent Pol.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Early
Subperiod to: Early
Ascribed Culture: Frankish style
Date from: Circa AD 580
Date to: Circa AD 610

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.9 mm
Weight: 1.3 g
Diameter: 12 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: EMC 2018.0058

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Tremissis
Ruler/issuer: Anonymous (Tremissis)
Mint or issue place: Unknown
Category: Coin of Merovingian Francia

Type: Merovingian pseudo-imperial tremissis, uncertain type
Obverse description: Diademed bust right
Obverse inscription: IERILIA(NIS) (possibly)
Reverse description: seated figure, possibly derived from Roma, left, holding victory
Reverse inscription: (M)OTENC(I)[ ] / RVN (in ex.)
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary Authority)
District: Windsor and Maidenhead (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Near Marlowe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Prou, M 1892 Les monnaies merovingiennes Paris Rollin and Feuardent

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