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Coins 413Lombardic Italy. Perctarit (661-662, 671-688).AR Unit (Half Siliqua?) Pavia mint.D/ Monogram PERT; three dots in field. heavy annular border.R/ Incuse of obverse.Cf. Arslan 28-9; MIR 796; MEC 1, 331.AR.g. 0.24 mm. 11.00RRR.Very rare and very seldom offered.About EF/Good VF.Perctarit was king of the Lombards from 661 to 662 the first time and later from 671 to 688. He was the son and successor of Aripert I. He shared power with his brother Godepert. He was a Catholic, whereas Godepert was an Arian. He ruled from Milan, Godepert from Pavia. Godepert called for the aid of Duke Grimoald I of Benevento in a war with Perctarit, but the Beneventan had him assassinated and took control of the kingdom, forcing Perctarit to flee. Perctarit first arrived at the court of the Avar khagan Kakar. Meanwhile, his wife, Rodelinde, and their son Cunincpert were captured by Grimoald and sent to Benevento. In 671, Perctarit returned from exile and reclaimed his realm, which was being ruled on behalf of Grimoald's son Garibald. He made Catholicism the official religion, but did not recognise papal authority. He made peace with the Byzantines and associated Cunincpert with the throne in 678. He sought to put down the rebellion of Alagis, duke of Trent. It was to be his only campaign; he captured the duke, then pardoned and released him. Perctarit was assassinated in 688 by a conspiracy. These small silver coins with PER monogram were first struck as a bifacial issue with a bust on the obverse and monogram on the reverse. Eventually, the bust was removed, and the coins became uniface, with the monogram placed on the obverse. While their original designs were likely influenced by issues from Merovingian France, their denomination is unknown. (CNG 75, 186 note).