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Frankish Empire, Merovinginians, Theudebert, Tremissis

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Frankish Empire, Merovinginians, Theudebert, Tremissis (obverse) Frankish Empire, Merovinginians, Theudebert, Tremissis (reverse)

With the coinage of the Frankish king Theudebert I (533-548), a new monetary era began in Central Europe: Theudebert was the first Germanic ruler to issue gold coins in his own name. With this he officially broke the century-old monopoly of the Roman emperors on gold coinage, and thus manifested his imperial ambitions vis--vis the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian. DN THEODEBERTVS VIC reads the inscrition on the obverse of this coin: Dominus Noster Theudebert Victor (Our Lord Theudebert, Victor).

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