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World Coins

FORVM is an ancient coin specialist. Normally we do not handle modern world coins, but we occasionally receive them in collections or consignments.


Pskov, Russia, Republic or Moscow Rule, c. 1470 - 1530
Click for a larger photo Pskov lies in northwest Russia, 20 kilometers (12 mi) east of the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. The Pskov Republic served as a link between the rest of Russia and Europe; as such it was subject to numerous attacks. The city withstood 26 sieges in the 15th century alone. At one point, five stone walls ringed it, making it practically impregnable. In 1510, Pskov fell to Muscovite forces. Vasili III, Grand Prince of Moscow, deported some 300 rich families to Moscow and distributed their estates to Muscovites.

This type of coinage is called wire money because the planchets were made from lengths of wire cut to the desired weight.
WO63467. Copper "wire money" pulo, Gaidukov 445, aVF, weight 0.721 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, Pskov mint, c. 1470 - 1530; obverse two headed eagle facing, wings spread, within linear circle; reverse three line Russian inscription: Pulo / Pskov/skoye (Pulo of Pskov), within linear circle; SOLD

Mexico, First Republic, Cap and Rays 8 Reales, 1832 Zs OM, Counterfeit
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WO54274. Fouree silver plated 8 reales, cf. Krause KM 377.8 (official, solid silver, Zacatecas mint), VF, weight 22.4 g, maximum diameter 38.4 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial mint, obverse * 8R . Zs 1832 . O . M . 10 Ds. 20 Gs, Pileus (freedom cap) inscribed "LIBERTAD", surrounded by rays; reverse REPVBLICA MEXICANA, eagle standing left on cactus, head turned back, serpent in beak and talon, within oak and olive wreath; SOLD

Spain, Philip V, 1700 - 1724, 1721Milled 2 Reales "pistareen"
Click for a larger photo Struck in Spain, though similar coins circulated in Colonial America at a value of 20 cents, known in the English colonies as a pistareen. It is estimated that half of the coins in colonial America were various denominations of Spanish reales. The "New Plate" of Spain was lighter and less fine than the reales of the Spanish Colonies.
WO38882. Krause KM 297, VF, pierced, weight 4.848 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 0o, Spain, Segovia mint, 1721; obverse PHILIPPUS V D G (Philip V by the grace of God), crowned coat of arms of Philip; reverse 1721 HISPANIARUM REX, cross of Jerusalem with lions and castles (arms of Castile and Leon) in fields, all in octolobe; SOLD

England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603
Click for a larger photo At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
WO39152. Silver sixpence, Seaby 2578A, North 2015, crescent mint mark, Fair, weight 2.592 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 270o, Tower mint, 1587; obverse ELIZAB D'G' ANG'FR:ET:HI' REGINA, crowned bust left, rose behind; reverse POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée, 1587 above shield; SOLD

England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603
Click for a larger photo At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
WO39156. Silver sixpence, Seaby 2562, North 1997, long cross mint mark, Fair, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 225o, Tower mint, 1581; obverse ELIZABETH D, crowned bust left, rose behind; reverse POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée, 1581 above shield; SOLD

Republic of Venice, Doge Michele Steno, 1400 - 1414
Click for a larger photo The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. The coins were struck in an alloy of eight parts copper to one part silver and were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME40169. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 18 - 19, aVF, weight 0.548 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + MIChAEL. STEN DVX, cross pattée; reverse + VEXELIFER VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding a book; SOLD

France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643
Click for a larger photo Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48684. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1362, F, weight 2.944 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lyon mint, 1629; obverse •LOVIS•XIII R•DE FRAN•ET•NAV•, laureate bust right within circle, D (Lyon mint mark) below; reverse x DOVBLE TOVRNOIS•1629, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD

France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643
Click for a larger photo Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48694. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1358, gF, weight 2.875 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1614; obverse •LOVIS•XIII R•DE FRAN•ET•NAV• (VI ligated to Y), laureate bust right within circle, A (Paris mint mark) below; reverse +DOVBLE TOVRNOIS•1614, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD

Hungary, Matthias Corvinus, 1458 - 1490
Click for a larger photo Matthias Corvinus, the Just, was King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458, at the age of 14 until his death. After conducting several military campaigns he became also King of Bohemia, (1469 - 1490) and Duke of Austria.
ME48726. Silver denar, Huszár 722, VF, weight 0.592 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 135o, Kremnitz mint, obverse + M MATHIE R VNGARIE, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms: Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion; reverse PATRON VNGARIE, Madonna seated facing, infant Jesus in her arms, K - P (privy mark) across fields, rosette right; SOLD

Poland, Sigismund III Vasa, 1587 - 1632
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WO55327. Silver triple grosch, Krause KM 31, F, weight 1.779 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 45o, Krakow mint, 1622; obverse SIG : III : D : G : REX . POL . M : D : I :, crowned, draped bust right with neck ruff; reverse . III . / 1622 / GROS . ARG . / TRIP . REGN: / . POLONI ., Eagle, crowned arms, horseman galloping in upper field, mint-master design in lower field; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus, 1548 - 1572 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Sigismund II Augustus was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, the only son of Sigismund I the Old, whom Sigismund II succeeded in 1548. Married three times, the last of the Jagiellons remained childless, and thus the Union of Lublin introduced an elective monarchy.
WO55495. Silver half groschen, Kopicki 3258, Gumowski 598, aVF, weight 1.159 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 90o, Vilna mint, 1559; obverse MONETA MAGNI DVCAT9 LITVA, knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right, star and 1559 below; reverse SIGIS AVG REX PO MAG DVX LI, imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus, 1548 - 1572 A.D.
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ME55643. Silver 2 denars, Kopicki 3231, gF, weight 0.388 g, maximum diameter 12.9 mm, die axis 135o, 1566; obverse knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right, II (denomination) below; reverse 1566, crowned monogram; SOLD

Poland-Danzig, Sigismund III Vasa, 1587 - 1632
Click for a larger photo Danzig had special status: its own legal system, external relations, trade, coinage, and self-government. Danzig expected the King of Poland to recognize its special status as a prerequisite for its allegiance. Danzig is known today by its Polish name, Gdansk.
WO55653. Silver groschen, Gumowski 1376, aVF, weight 0.727 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Marienburg mint, 1626; obverse SIGIS : III : D : G : REX . POL : R : P R :, crowned, draped bust right with neck ruff; reverse + GROSSVS : CIVI : GEDANENSIS 1626, city arms of Danzig; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus, 1548 - 1572 A.D.
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ME55706. Silver 2 denars, Kopicki 3231, VF, weight 0.3884 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 315o, 1570; obverse knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right, II (denomination) below; reverse 1570, crowned S.A. monogram; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus, 1548 - 1572 A.D.
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ME55711. Silver 2 denars, Kopicki 3231, aVF, weight 0.545 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1570; obverse knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right, II (denomination) below; reverse 1570, crowned monogram; SOLD

India, Empress Victoria, 1899-B
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WO58550. Silver Half Rupee, Krause KM 491, UNC, weight 5.822 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 0o, Bombay mint, 1899; obverse VICTORIA EMPRESS, crowned bust of Victoria left; reverse HALF RUPEE / INDIA 1899, inscription in four lines within floral wreath, incuse inverted B mint mark; SOLD

Republic of Venice, Doge Lorenzo Tiepolo, 1268 - 1275
Click for a larger photo This coin has been clipped to half its original weight.
ME58763. Silver grosso, Biaggi 2778, VF, clipped to mezzo grosso, weight 1.086 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, obverse IC - XC, nimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap; reverse LA TEVPL: - .S M VENETI, Doge, standing on left, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down flag staff; SOLD

Portuguese Far East, Sebastian I, 1554 - 1578
Click for a larger photo The crossed arrows symbolize the martyrdom of St. Sebastian. The two dots and initials indicate a value of 2 bazarucos.
ME59102. Tin 2 bazarucos, cast tin; Mitchiner NI 3152, VF, weight 2.164 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, Malacca (Malaysia) mint, 1554 - 1578; obverse three arrows tied with a bow in the middle, two large dots between the arrowheads, B-A flanking across field; reverse armillary sphere; scarce; SOLD

France, Louis XIV the Sun King, 1643 - 1715
Click for a larger photo Under Louis XIV, the Sun King, France reached the apogee of its power. His reign began at age four and lasted seventy-two years, three months, and eighteen days; one of the longest of any European monarch. He fought three major wars: the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. Louis converted a hunting lodge into the spectacular Palace of Versailles, and by compelling the noble elite to inhabit his lavish palace, he pacified the aristocracy and eliminated the remnants of feudalism. He consolidated a system of absolute monarchical rule in France that endured until the French Revolution.
WO59107. Silver 1/12th ecu, Duplessy 1464, Krause KM 199.11, F, weight 2.205 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rouen mint, 1662; obverse D.G.FR.ET.NAV.REX.LVD.XIIII, young portrait right, laureate, armored and draped; reverse SIT.NOMEN,DOMIN.BENEDICTVM.1661, crowned arms of France (shield with three lis), •B• (mint mark) below; SOLD

Austria, Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, 28 August 1619 - 15 February 1637
Click for a larger photo Ferdinand II of the House of Habsburg, was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia, and King of Hungary. An staunch catholic, he did not respect the freedom of religion granted by Rudolph II. As a result, he faced revolt in Bohemia and war with Sweden and France. He left his son an empire entangled in war and whose fortunes seemed to be fading away.
WO59109. Silver 3 Kreuzer, Krause KM 256, aVF, weight 1.563 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 45o, 1637 mint, Vienna; obverse FERDI : II : D : G : R :-: I : S : A : G : H : B : REX :, laureate, draped bust right, in inner circle, 3 (denomination) in baroque frame below; reverse crowned imperial eagle in inner circle, shield on breast, star over monogram in oval below; SOLD

Poland, Sigismund I the Old, 1506 - 1548
Click for a larger photo Sigismund I, of the Jagiellon dynasty, was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1506 - 1544. He died at 81 years old. Sigismund was interested in Renaissance humanism and the revival of classical antiquity. He and his third consort, Bona Sforza, daughter of Gian Galeazzo Sforza of Milan, were patrons of Renaissance culture, which under them began to flourish in Poland and Lithuania.
ME59117. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 480, VF, toned, weight 0.965 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 270o, Krakow mint, 1507; obverse REGIS POLONIE 1507, crown; reverse MONETA SIGISMVNDI, crowned eagle facing, wings spread; SOLD

Swedish Livonia, Christina of Sweden, 1632 - 1654
Click for a larger photo Gustav II Adolph had sired two daughters. The castle filled with shouts of joy when his wife delivered a child first taken for a boy - he was so hairy and screamed with a strong, hoarse voice. Christina wrote in her autobiography, "Deep embarrassment spread among the women when they discovered their mistake." The king was larkhappy, stating that "She'll be clever, she has made fools of us all!" and ordered she be brought up as a prince. At the age of six, upon her father's death in the Thirty Years' War, Christina took the oath as king, not queen, giving rise to her nickname the "Girl King." After converting to Catholicism and abdicating her throne, she spent her later years in France and Rome.
ME59149. Billon solidus, Krause KM 21, gVF, weight 0.541 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Riga mint, 1648; obverse CHRISTINA D G R S, crowned C with badge of the House of Vase (a sheaf of wheat) within; reverse SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 48, arms of Livonia: two crossed keys with small cross above; SOLD

France, Henri IV, 1589 - 1610
Click for a larger photo Henry IV was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610. He was the first French monarch of the House of Bourbon. Baptized a Catholic but raised Protestant by his mother, he barely escaped assassination at the time of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and he later led Protestant forces against the royal army. He ascended the throne of France upon the death of his childless cousin Henry III. He accepted Roman Catholicism to secure the allegiance of the vast majority of his subjects. He is said to have declared, "Paris vaut bien une messe" (Paris is well worth a mass). In 1598, he issued the Edict of Nantes, which granted some toleration to the Huguenots. The Catholics never accepted him and the Protestants considered him a traitor. He had to fight a four year war against the Catholic League to hold his throne. After escaping at least 12 assassination attempts, he was murdered by a fanatical Catholic. Although unpopular during his reign, he came to be remembered fondly as "le bon roi Henry" (Good King Henry) for his geniality and great concern for the welfare of his subjects.
WO68102. Billon douzain, douzain de Béarn, 1st type, Duplessy 1262, Ciani 1568, Lafaurie 1101, aF, weight 1.892 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 315o, Morlaàs mint, 1589 - 1594; obverse HENRICVS. 4. D. G. FRAC. ET. NAV. REX DB (DB ligate), cross fourchée, lis in 1st and 4th quadrants, crown in 2nd and third quadrants; reverse *GRATIA. DEI. SVM. Q. D. SVM. 15[90?]*, crowned shield, arms of France on left half and Navarre-Bearn on right half, flanked in each side with an H; SOLD

France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643
Click for a larger photo Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48687. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1358, gF, weight 2.564 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1615; obverse •LOVIS•XIII R•DE FRAN•ET•NAV• (VI ligated to Y), laureate bust right within circle, A (Paris mint mark) below; reverse +DOVBLE TOVRNOIS•1615, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD

Poland, Casimir IV Jagiellon, 1447 - 1492 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Casimir IV the Jagiellonian (30 November 1427 - 7 June 1492) of the Jagiellon dynasty, was Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1440, and King of Poland from 1447, until his death.
ME47715. Silver half groschen, c. 0.82g, c. 18mm, aVF, obverse + REGIE * POLONIE, crown within inner border, floret below; reverse + MONETA + KASIMIRI, Polish eagle within inner border; Forum's random selection from the actual coins in the photograph, one coin; SOLD Out of Stock!

Moldavia, Alexandru Cel Bun, 1400 - 1432 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Grandfather of Dracula! Alexandru cel Bun (Alexander the Good) had four legitimate wives and at least three concubines. He had twenty-four sons (including illegitimate), six of them later reigning in Moldavia, and seventeen daughters. He was father-in-law to Vlad II Dracul and grandfather to Vlad III the Impaler through his daughter, Cneajna.
ME47828. Copper half grosch, Kopicki 3709a, Buzdugan 386 (or similar), Fair, weight 0.392 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, Suchava mint, obverse head of ox facing, five-pointed star between horns, rosette below left, crescent below right; reverse Modavian coat of arms - shield with ox head (as on obverse) above; rare; SOLD

Hungary, Matthias Corvinus, 1458 - 1490
Click for a larger photo Matthias Corvinus, the Just, was King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458, at the age of 14 until his death. After conducting several military campaigns he became also King of Bohemia, (1469 - 1490) and Duke of Austria.
ME48724. Silver denar, Huszár 717, VF, weight 0.537 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, Kremnitz mint, obverse MATHIE R HVNGAR, four-part shield with Hungarian arms: Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion; reverse PATRON VNGAR, Madonna seated facing, crowned, infant Jesus in her arms, K - V/A (privy mark) across fields; SOLD

Feudal France, Bishops of Maguelonne, 12th - 13th Century
Click for a larger photo An anonymous type struck by the Biships of Maguelonne, imitative of the Narbonne deniers of Raymond Berenger (1023 - 1067).
ME55656. Silver denier, Poey 3843, aF, dark toning, weight 1.039 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, Maguelonne mint, obverse RAIMVNDS (degenerated), dot in center of four annulets within inner border; reverse NARbONA (degenerated), pillar flanked by two pendants, forming cross, pellet in one angle, all within inner border; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Sigismund I the Old, 1506 - 1548 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Sigismund I, of the Jagiellon dynasty, was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1506 - 1544. He died at 81 years old.
ME55708. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 507, F, weight 1.222 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 0o, Vilna mint, 1511; obverse + mOnETA · SIGISmVnDI : 1511, knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right; reverse + mAGnI · DVCIS · LITVAnIE, imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left; SOLD

Poland, Sigismund III Vasa, 1587 - 1632
Click for a larger photo Sigismund III Vasa was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, a monarch of the united Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 to 1632. He was King of Sweden from 1592 until he was deposed in 1599 by his uncle, Charles IX of Sweden, and the Riksens ständer. He spent much of the rest of his life attempting to reclaim it.

A dreipolker was equivalent to 3 kreuzers or 1/24 thaler, as indicated in the orb.
ME59104. Silver dreipolker, Gumowski 974, VF, weight 1.060 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 90o, Bydgoszcz mint, 1624; obverse SIGIS 3 D G REX P M D I, crowned arms; reverse MONE NO REG POLO, orb, 24 (1/24 taler) within, cross dividing 2 - 4 (date) above, open framed Sas coat of arms below; SOLD

Poland, John I Albert, 1492 - 1501 A.D.
Click for a larger photo As crown prince, John distinguished himself by his brilliant victory over the Tatars at Kopersztyn (1487). As king, he desired to act as the champion of Christendom against the Ottoman Turks and collected an army of 80,000 men. His crusade was ended before it began by an invasion of Galatia by Stephen III, hospodar of Moldavia, who had been misled by reports that John planned to place his brother on the throne of Moldavia. John counterattacked but was forced to retreat, probably due to the insubordination of his nobles. After his return he confiscated hundreds of their estates. In spite of his difficulties, he was extraordinarily popular.
ME59115. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 467, VF, weight 0.829 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 90o, Cracow mint, 1492 - 1501 A.D.; obverse +MONETA + I + ALBERTI, crowned imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left, within inner dot border; reverse + REGIS * * POLOnIE, crown within inner dot border; SOLD

Poland, Casimir IV Jagiellon, 1447 - 1492 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Casimir IV the Jagiellonian (30 November 1427 - 7 June 1492) of the Jagiellon dynasty, was Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1440, and King of Poland from 1447, until his death. This example is a late example; the reverse legend reads MK MONTEA KASIMIR on earlier issues.
ME59134. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 451, VF, weight 0.662 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Cracow mint, obverse + REGIE * POLONIE, crown within inner border, floret below; reverse + MONETA * KASIMIRI, Polish eagle within inner border; SOLD

Swedish Livonia, Christina of Sweden, 1632 - 1654
Click for a larger photo Gustav II Adolph had sired two daughters. The castle filled with shouts of joy when his wife delivered a child first taken for a boy - he was so hairy and screamed with a strong, hoarse voice. Christina wrote in her autobiography, "Deep embarrassment spread among the women when they discovered their mistake." The king was larkhappy, stating that "She'll be clever, she has made fools of us all!" and ordered she be brought up as a prince. At the age of six, upon her father's death in the Thirty Years' War, Christina took the oath as king, not queen, giving rise to her nickname the "Girl King." After converting to Catholicism and abdicating her throne, she spent her later years in France and Rome.
ME59151. Billon solidus, Platbardzdis Abb. 76, Wessener 4965, VF, year off flan, weight 0.577 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, obverse CHRISTINA D G R S, crowned C with badge of the House of Vasa (a sheaf of wheat) within; reverse SOLIDVS LIVONIAE [...], Livonian griffin; SOLD

Swedish Livonia, Christina of Sweden, 1632 - 1654
Click for a larger photo Gustav II Adolph had sired two daughters. The castle filled with shouts of joy when his wife delivered a child first taken for a boy - he was so hairy and screamed with a strong, hoarse voice. Christina wrote in her autobiography, "Deep embarrassment spread among the women when they discovered their mistake." The king was larkhappy, stating that "She'll be clever, she has made fools of us all!" and ordered she be brought up as a prince. At the age of six, upon her father's death in the Thirty Years' War, Christina took the oath as king, not queen, giving rise to her nickname the "Girl King." After converting to Catholicism and abdicating her throne, she spent her later years in France and Rome.
ME59157. Billon solidus, Krause KM21, VF, weight 0.456 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Riga mint, 1645; obverse CHRISTINA D G R S, crowned C with badge of the House of Vase (a sheaf of wheat) within; reverse SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 45, arms of Livonia: two crossed keys with small cross above; SOLD

Scotland (Irish, Scottish and Islands Coinage), James VI, 1567 - 1625
Click for a larger photo James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567, when he was only one year old, On 24 March 1603, as James I, he succeeded Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, who died without issue. He then ruled England, Scotland and Ireland for 22 years, often using the title King of Great Britain, until his death at the age of 58.
WO33521. Silver two shillings, Seaby 5509, Fair, holed, weight 0.779 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, after English Succession, 1603 - 1625; obverse I D G ROSA SINE SPINA, crowned rose; reverse TVEATVR VNA TA DEVS, crowned thistle; scarce; SOLD

France, Philip II, 1180 - 1223 A.D.
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ME47838. Silver denier, Duplessy 164, Lafaurie 181, Roberts 2561, Thomsen 2937, F, weight 0.828 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, Paris mint, obverse PHILIPVS REX, FRA/NCO in two lines (2nd line retrograde) within inner circle; reverse + PARISII CIVIS, cross within inner circle; SOLD

Poland, Alexander Jagiellon, 1501 - 1506 A.D.
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ME47864. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 469, gVF, weight 0.872 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Krakow mint, 1501 - 1506 A.D.; obverse + mOnETA · REGIS · POLOnIE, crown within inner border; reverse + ALEXAnDER · DEI · G · REX, Polish imperial eagle, head left; SOLD

France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643
Click for a larger photo Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48691. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1360 var (legend), aVF, weight 2.242 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1640; obverse LOVIS* XIII* R* D* FRAN* ET* NA, laureate bust right within circle, A (Paris mint mark) below; reverse +DOVBLE*TOVRNOIS*1640, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD

Lima, Peru, Spanish Colonial America, Carlos IV, 2 Reals, 1801 IJ
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WO50981. Silver 2 reals, Krause KM 95, F, weight 5.895 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Lima mint, 1801; obverse DEI•GRATIA - CAROLUS•III•, laureate, armored and draped bust right, •1801• below; reverseHISPAN•ET•IND•REX•LMAE•2R•I•J• (LMAE ligate - Lima mint mark), crowned arms between pillars; SOLD

Hungary, Ferdinand I, 1526 - 1564
Click for a larger photo Ferdinand I, the Archduke of Austria and brother of the King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, was made king of Hungary and Bohemia in 1526, after Louis II was killed fighting Suleiman. He was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 1558; however, the Spanish Empire and other lands went to Charles' son, Philip. Ferdinand's life was dedicated to defending Europe from the Ottoman Empire.
ME48718. Silver denar, Huszár 935, gVF, weight 0.694 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 255o, Kremnitz mint, 1541; obverse FERDINAND•D•G•R•VNG•1541•, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms: Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion; reverse PATRONA • • VNGARIE, Madonna seated facing, crowned, infant Jesus in her right arm, K - B (privy mark) in fields; SOLD

Swedish Livonia, Christina of Sweden, 1632 - 1654
Click for a larger photo Gustav II Adolph had sired two daughters. The castle filled with shouts of joy when his wife delivered a child first taken for a boy - he was so hairy and screamed with a strong, hoarse voice. Christina wrote in her autobiography, "Deep embarrassment spread among the women when they discovered their mistake." The king was larkhappy, stating that "She'll be clever, she has made fools of us all!" and ordered she be brought up as a prince. At the age of six, upon her father's death in the Thirty Years' War, Christina took the oath as king, not queen, giving rise to her nickname the "Girl King." After converting to Catholicism and abdicating her throne, she spent her later years in France and Rome.
ME59153. Billon solidus, Platbardzdis Abb. 76, Wessener 4965, VF, weight 0.501 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, 1653; obverse CHRISTINA D G R S, crowned C with badge of the House of Vasa (a sheaf of wheat)within; reverse SOLIDVS LIVONIAE 53, Livonian griffin; SOLD

France, Louis XIII, 1610 - 1643
Click for a larger photo Money of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers!

Louis XIII and especially his devious First Minister Cardinal Richelieu were the antagonists in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and its subsequent film adaptations.
ME48683. Copper double tournois, Duplessy 1373, F, weight 2.770 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, 1639; obverse •LOVIS•XIII R•D•FRAN•ET•NAV• (VI ligated to Y), laureate bust right, •• below; reverse +DOVBLE•TOVRNOIS•1639, three lis in the central field, two above and one below, within circular inner border; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Alexander Jagiellon, 1492 - 1506 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Alexander Jagiellonczyk was elected Grand Duke of Lithuania on the death of his father in 1492, and King of Poland on the death of his brother John I Albert in 1501.
ME55323. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 472, Kopicki 3123, F, weight 1.240 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Vilna mint, obverse + mOn · ALEXAnDRI, knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right; reverse + mAGnI · DVC · LITVAnIE, imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left; SOLD

Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Alexander Jagiellon, 1492 - 1506 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Alexander Jagiellonczyk was elected Grand Duke of Lithuania on the death of his father in 1492, and King of Poland on the death of his brother John I Albert in 1501.
ME55705. Silver half groschen, Gumowski 472, Kopicki 3123, F, weight 1.119 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 195o, Vilna mint, obverse + mOn · ALEXAnDRI, knight riding left on horseback, reins in left, sword in right; reverse + mAGnI · DVC · LITVAnIE, imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left; SOLD

Poland, Sigismund III Vasa, 1587 - 1632
Click for a larger photo Sigismund III Vasa was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, a monarch of the united Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 to 1632. He was King of Sweden from 1592 until he was deposed in 1599 by his uncle, Charles IX of Sweden, and the Riksens ständer. He spent much of the rest of his life attempting to reclaim it.
ME55718. Silver groschen, Gumowski 936, aF, weight 1.813 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, Krakow mint, obverse SIGISMVNDVS III D G REX POL M D LI, crowned, draped bust right with neck ruff; reverse GROSSVS REGNI POLONIAE 1604, imperial eagle facing, wings spread, head left, crowned, shield on breast; SOLD

Spain, Philip V, 1700 - 1724, 1721Milled 2 Reales "pistareen"
Click for a larger photo Struck in Spain, though similar coins circulated in Colonial America at a value of 20 cents, known in the English colonies as a pistareen. It is estimated that half of the coins in colonial America were various denominations of Spanish reales. The "New Plate" of Spain was lighter and less fine than the reales of the Spanish Colonies.
WO38881. Krause KM 297, F, holed, weight 4.875 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Spain, Segovia mint, 1721; obverse PHILIPPUS V D G (Philip V by the grace of God), crowned coat of arms of Philip; reverse 1721 HISPANIARUM REX, cross of Jerusalem with lions and castles (arms of Castile and Leon) in fields, all in octolobe; SOLD

England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603
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WO38920. Silver groat, Seaby 2556 (or similar), F, holed, weight 1.772 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 270o, Tower mint, 1560 - 1561; obverse ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA, crowned bust left, no rose; reverse POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée; SOLD

England, Elizabeth I, 1558 - 1603
Click for a larger photo At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
WO39147. Silver sixpence, Seaby 2562, North 1997, coronet mint mark, Fair, obverse cut, weight 2.390 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 135o, Tower mint, 1567; obverse ELIZABETH D'G' ANG'FR:ET:HI' REGINA, crowned bust left, rose behind; reverse POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourchée, 1567 above shield; SOLD



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