Tremissis of Tulga, Córdoba

Tremissis of Tulga, Córdoba

Tremissis of Tulga, Córdoba. Gold coin, two faces.

Period: Middle Ages

Country: Hispania

Ruler: Tulga

Denomination: Tremissis

Mint: Córdoba

Weight: 1,27 g

Quality: XF (EBC-)

Auction house: Aureo & Calicó

Date: 5 July 2017

Starting price: 3000 euros

Historical context

Visigothic coinage was mainly based on gold. Its principle denomination was the tremissis, which corresponds to a third of a solidus. These small gold coin (they weighted 1.52 grams) were massively produced in Hispania and Gaul during the end of the fifth and the year 711, when Visigothic kingdom collapsed due to the Arab invasion.

Tulga was a Visigothic king from 640 to 642. During his short reign he minted coins in Sevilla, Córdoba, Zaragoza, Mérida,
Narbona, Idahna a Velha, Granada and Lugo. So many mints for such a short reign makes all these coins to be rare and some of them to be extremely rare.

Market

Visigothic coinage is not on fashion nowadays. Hammer prices are not as high as they used to and many of the common coins are not sold when they appear in auctions. While it can be seen as bad news for some collectors, many others will understand it as an opportunity to find rare coins for reasonable prices.

Tulga tremisses from Córdoba are not common coins, but it is not difficult to find others sold in public auctions. Maybe the best price references are two specimens sold by the same auction house: this similar one was hammered for 2.500 euros in 2016 and this other (maybe not as good) was hammered for 2.100 euros in 2013. Hence, even if the specimen in the auction is a beautiful one, I would not pay more than its starting price.

Description from the seller

Tulga (639-642). Córdoba. Triente. (CNV. 392.2) (R.Pliego 515b). 1,27 g. Atractiva. Muy escasa. EBC-.

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