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France (Feudal): Champagne, Provins and Sens, Anonymous, 11th and 12th Centuries
Roberts 4097 & 4724, Poey d'Avant 5966 var., Boudeau 1754-1755 var.

AR denier, Sens mint, ca. 1050-1125, 20 mm.

Obv: + RIL DVNS CATO [Castle of Provins], wool comb in lower field formed by circle of dots, o+o above (legend begins at 9 oíclock).

Rev: + SEEI OMS CIVI [City of Sens], cross in circle of dots, pellets in two quadrants, possible alpha and omega in other quadrants.

The field (champ) and comb (peigne) on the reverse is a visual pun on the name of the region.

Provins was home to two of the six Champagne and Brie fairs, which were the keys to its prosperity. The May Fair began on the Tuesday before Ascension and ran for 46 days, and the Fair of St. Ayoul began on the Exaltation of the Cross (September 14).
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