Louis the Pious, King of Italy 814-840

MG451, PCGS-graded MS-64

Obverse depicts a cross pattée in beaded circle. The reverse has the city name in two lines. Struck at Milan; boldly detailed and with rich patina.

Louis the Pious, son of Charlemagne, attempted to rule in a similar manner as his father. Constant revolts and challenges, including the disaffection of his sons, made peaceful rule impossible. Despite the fact that he was crowned by the Pope in 816, he never achieved that which his father did. Too many sons, too much infighting.