Coins 420 The Lombards at Beneventum. Arichis II, as Princeps (774-787). AV Tremissis. D/ DNS VI - - CTORIΛ. Crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger. R/ VITIRΔ (inverted Δ) - PRINPI. Cross potent, cross of four pellets above; A to left, pellet to eighter side of base; beneath, CONOB. BMC Vandals 11; CNI XVIII 3. AV. g. 1.07 mm. 16.00 RR. Very rare and superb. Lovely warm toning with reddish hues. EF. Arichis II was Desiderius’s son-in-law. When Charlemagne claimed to rule all of Italy, he abandoned the title of Duke, taking that of Prince in 774. The Pope also tried to lay claim to Beneventum but to no avail as Arichis was negotiating with the Byzantines to counter the threat. In order to maintain his independence, Arichis was forced to send his younger son Grimoald to Charlemagne as a hostage. (NAC 93, 1333 note).

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