A Denarius minted in the name of Carloman II

12 Dec 2020  Sat

Carloman II was the King of West Francia from 879 until his death. A member of the Carolingian dynasty, he and his elder brother, Louis III, divided the kingdom between them and ruled jointly until the latter's death in 882. Thereafter Carloman ruled alone until his own death. He was the second son of King Louis the Stammerer and Queen Ansgarde.

Upon Louis the Stammerer's death, some Frankish nobles advocated electing Louis III as the sole king, but eventually, both brothers were elected kings. Carloman was crowned in September 879 at Ferrieres-en-Gatinais. Although some doubts were cast upon the legitimacy of their birth, the brothers obtained recognition and in March 880 divided their father's realm at Amiens, Carloman receiving southern Kingdom of Burgundy and Kingdom of Aquitaine.

Carloman II died while hunting on 12 December 884 and was succeeded in the throne by his cousin, the Emperor Charles the Fat. The above shown Denarius was issued in the name of Carloman II. The obverse of a coin depicts the cross and legend + HCARLEMANVS R., On the other hand, the reverse of a coin engraved monogram and inscription + CIVIS AVTISSIDR.

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