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Mediaeval Gold Tremissis

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1939C391
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:600 AD - 640 AD

Maker Information

Mint:Paris Mint - View history
Moneyer:Eligius - View biography for Eligius


The reverse of this coin reads ELIGIVS MVN, showing that it was minted by a moneyer called Eligius. Other sources make it clear that the moneyer is identical with St. Eligius (St. Eloi), Bishop of Noyon in France from c.640, who trained as a goldsmith in his youth. That a bishop was also a moneyer proves that at least some moneyers were important men, managers at the mints, rather than workmen who physically made the coins.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1939.

Further Information

Production Period:Mediaeval
Place of Origin:Paris, France
Place of Excavation:Faversham (near), Kent, England

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Diameter:12 mm