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Extremely Rare Isembart Obole

Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 2031. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008. 
Sold For $600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANCE, Provincial. Orléans (evèché). Isembart. Bishop, circa 1033-1063. AR Obole (0.64 g, 2h). City gate; NE IC flanking, retrograde D above, TL within / Cross pattée; alpha and omega suspended on either side. Duplessy 527 (Anonymous, c. 1025-1040); Legros 98; Poey d'Avant 77; cf. Roberts 4895 (denier). EF, toned. Extremely rare.

Ex G.W. de Wit Collection.

Hoard analyses place this issue in the mid-11th century, during the tenure of Isembart as bishop of Orléans.