Obol, type 1

Obverse legend
Reverse legend

anepigraph (monogram Karolus (2)).

METVLLO (circular legend around a cross surrounded by a circle made up of dots, a cross between the letters O and M).

Photo of a coin sold by Jean Elsen & ses Fils S.A., link to the sale and their website: http://www.elsen.eu/Auction-134/-975-1133-MOYEN-AGE-MIDDLE-AGES/-975-1025-HAUT-MOYEN-AGE-DARK-AGES/emodule/2269/eitem/54344.


Monograms Karolus:

(1) Without letter A in the diamond on the middle.

(2) With the letter A inscribed at the top in the diamond on the middle, very large diamond.


This coin has a letter K in the monogram which resembles a C, I classified the letters C as being with the two horizontal bars located at the ends and not like here, in the middle. It is more likely to be a poorly executed letter K.


Four other copies with the letter K well inscribed and preserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (public domain), link to the page of their website showing the photo of the first coin: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10442377v.r=charlemagne%20obole?rk=21459;2. Link to the second coin: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b104423789.r=charlemagne%20obole?rk=150215;2. Link to the third coin: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10442375z.r=charlemagne%20obole?rk=171674;4 (monogram with the letter A at the top of the diamond on the middle erased but present). Link to the fourth coin: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b10442376d.r=charlemagne%20obole?rk=193134;0.


Two other coins sold by OGN numismatique, link to sales and their site, first coin: https://www.ogn-numismatique.com/article.asp?langue=fr&article=4033, second coin: https://www.ogn-numismatique.com/article.asp?langue=fr&article=341.


Another coin Classical Numismatic Group, link to the sale and their website: https://www.cngcoins.com/Lot.aspx?LOT_ID=11072&BACK_URL=%2fLots.aspx%3fIS_ADVANCED%3d1%26ITEM_IS_SOLD%3d1%26ITEM_DESC%3dcharlemagne%2bmelle%26SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_1%3d1%26SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_2%3d1%26SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_3%3d1%26SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_4%3d1%26TABS_TYPE%3d2%26CONTAINER_NAME%3d%26CONTAINER_TYPE_ID%3d2%26VIEW_TYPE%3d0%26MAX_COUNT%3d10000%26PAGE%3d1.


Warning! Just like the denarii with the legend METVLLO, these obols can be attributed to Charlemagne as to Charles II The Bald.

G F XF 40 AU 58 MS 63 MS 65
1 300 600 1.000 ? ? ?