1,200 Year-Old Gold Solidus Expected to Fetch $30,000 At Auction

December 11th, 2014 by

an image of a Louis the Pious imitation gold solidus (Guardian.co.uk)

Image of a Louis the Pious imitation gold solidus (Guardian.co.uk)

A 1,200 year-old gold coin found by a metal detectorist in the West Lindsey area of Lincolnshire this August is going on the block at Spinks in London on December 18th.

The imitation Louis the Pious gold solidus, described as having “exceptional quality and artistic appeal” by Spinks, is a locally-struck version of a Frankish coin bearing the visage of Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne. This coin is estimated to have been struck sometime around the year 816 AD, early in Louis’ reign. This is only the 13th such coin discovered in Great Britain.

-Story from the Gainesville Standard (Lincolnshire, UK)

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