Coins 430 The Lombards at Salerno. Siconulf, Usurper in Salerno (839-849). Pale AV Solidus. D/ SICO - - NOLFVS• Crowned and draped bust facing, holding globus cruciger; crown topped with cross; wedge in right field. R/ VICTOR• + PRINCI. Cross potent on two spets; wedge to either side of base; S-I across field, beneath, CONOB (B retrograde). CNI XVIII 1 (Electrum); BMC Vandals-; MEC 1,1220. AV. g. 3.64 mm. 22.00 RRR. Very rare and seldom offered. An attractive example, well centred on a broad flan and prettily toned. Good VF. Siconulf was the brother of Sicard of Benevent. After the latter’s murder, the population of Salerno proclaimed Siconulf prince of their city in opposition to Radelchis whom they considered an usurper. This caused a long period of trouble as the war of the succession that ensued lasted for more than 10 years: the result was the definitive separation of the duchy of Salerno from Beneventum. In 851 Siconulf died and his son, Sico II became the ruler. (NAC 93, 1343 note).

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