Coins 424 The Lombards at Beneventum. Grimoald III, with Charlemagne, king of the Franks (788-806). AV Tremissis. D/ + GRIM - - VALD. Crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger. R/ DOMS - CAR•RX (ligate). Cross potent, cross of four pellets above; GR ligate in left field, pellet to either side of base; beneath, VIC (wedge). CNI XVIII 10-11. Calciati 1916-1917,4. AV. g. 1.31 mm. 16.00 RR. Very rare. A handsome example, in excellent condition for issue and prettily toned. About EF. Grimoald was the younger son of Arichis II and became duke after the death of his father. At the beginning he was a vassal of Charlemagne, the Frankish king, and together they defeated the Byzantines in Sicily, helping Desiderius’ son, Adalgis. Soon after, wishing to maintain his independence, Grimoald III resumed the title of Princeps. (NAC 93, 1335 note).

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