Carolingian AR Denier

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers Galleries are a great source for collectible coins! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) our iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, including some notable pieces such as this silver Denier from the Carolingian ruler Charles the Simple. Don’t let the epithet “Simple” fool you, Charles was not dim-witted. The Latin “Simplex” is most accurately translated to mean “Straight-forward”, so “Charles the Decisive” might be a more fitting sobriquet.

The obverse follows the established Carolingian pattern for silver Deniers, with a standard cross emblazoned in the center, surrounded by a circular beaded border, with the legend stating: “CARLVS REXR” Latin for “King Charles.” The legend begins with a Cross as well, useful in locating the start of the inscription. The reverse design features an inscription stating the mint’s location, in this case “Melle” surrounded by a beaded border. This piece displays a nice strike and appealing dark toning. It is one of many intriguing pieces to be found in our iAuction, so be sure to take a look

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries iAuctions are held every Monday to Sunday, with world numismatic items being included in the sales that end on the first Sunday of every month. Preview this impressive coin along with the rest of our iAuction items at the Browse Auctions link at If you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency for our iAuctions (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors by calling 800.458.4646.

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