Merovingia Francia, Dorestad -
Merovingia Francia, National Series (c. 630-650), AV Tremissis, Dorestad, Madelinus, imitative, linear borders, ΔORESToT FIT, braided and draped bust right, with pointy nose and pellet lips, rev. MoΔ·ELINUS M, unbarred A and delta D, cross on single step, six equidistant pellets below, 1.20g, 200° (SCBI 69, 1082 this coin; cf. Belfort 1760-65; T&S pp. 251-4; MEC I, 493).
Images and selected text reproduced by kind permission of Spink and Son Ltd, London, auction 21000, The Tony Abramson Collection of Dark Age Coinage - Part I, March 18th 2021, lot # 11. Provenance: M Vosper, January 2004 ~ Found at Dersingham (Norfolk), 2003
One of at least two-dozen recorded examples of Dorestat-signature Tremisses, of the moneyer Madelinus who is known to have also operated at Maastricht. This specimen depicting a pellet adjoining the top of the cross subsequently forms the prototype for Pseudo-Madelinus silver issues that are designated as 'Series MA' in Sceatta typologies.