France, III, 1574 - 1589
Three months after Henri was made the elected of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, his brother, Charles IX of France, died and Henri returned to France to assume the French throne. Henri brought several Polish inventions back to France, including septic facilities which deposited excrement outside the castle walls, a bath with regulated hot and cold water, and the fork. Henri gave protestant Huguenots the right of public worship, except in and at Court. In response, I, Duke of Guise, formed the Catholic League. Henri III was eventually forced to flee . After he had the duke assassinated, Henri III prepared to return to but was murdered before he could return. During the French Revolution, Henri III was disinterred from his tomb, his body was desecrated and thrown into a common grave.
On May 31, 1575, III created a new 14.188 grams, .833 silver coin with the value of 20 sols tournois. The gold écu was set at 60 sols. The gold franc equaled 1/3 écu or 20 sols. This coin, corresponding to the value of the medieval gold franc, naturally took the name franc d'argent (silver franc). Our coin is a franc avec fraise, distinguished from the franc au col plat by the addition of a lace ruff to the king's collar. It was unique to the Toulouse mint. Due to constant clipping, the coinage of francs was suspended for on October 13, 1586. After the death of the , however, mints held by the Catholic League struck francs in his name.SH84614. Silver franc, 1130A, 1434, 3612, 970, aVF, , 13.995 g, maximum 35.2 mm, 180o, Toulouse (M) mint, 1586; •HENRICVS•III D•G FRANC ET•POL•REX• ( III, by the grace of god, of France and Poland), laureate and of III, ruffled collar, M (Toulouse workshop letter) below , 1586 at bottom between end and beginning of ; * SIT•NOMEN•DOMINI•BENEDICTVM S (Blessed be the name of the Lord), fleurée, H surrounded by dots in the center; $750.00 (€667.50)
England, Charles I, 1625 - 1649
Charles I attempted to reign as an absolute monarch and rule without Parliament. Civil war broke out, the forces of the lost, and Charles was beheaded.SH84616. Silver shilling, 2791; , group D, 2225, aVF, , , light marks and scratches, 5.845 g, maximum 31.4 mm, 90o, Tower Mint mint, 1634 - 1635; CAROLVS.D:G:MAG:BR:FR:ET:HI:REX. (Charles, by the grace of God, of England, France and Ireland), crowned left, mark of value XII behind, no inner , mark; CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (I reign under the auspices of Christ), mint mark, round garnished , no inner , no plum, no CR; $500.00 (€445.00)
, Armenian , Roupen I, 1080 - 1095 A.D.
In 1080, Roupen I declared independent from the , founding the Roupenian dynasty, which ruled Cilician until 1219. He led bold and successful military campaigns against the Byzantines, including capturing the fortress of Pardzerpert (Andirin, Turkey today), which became a stronghold of the .SH66597. Bronze Pogh, 1 var. (no crescent), 245 var. (same), aVF, 1.853 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 315o, Armenian : Raiben (Roupen), within , pellet in each quarter; Armenian : Tsara ay (Servant of God), within , crescent in one quarter; very ; $360.00 (€320.40)
France, Louis XIV the Sun , 1643 - 1715
This coin is on an older coin, of a "reformation" process involving financial manipulations and impacting all French silver and from 1690 to 1709. The is a Louis XIV, demi-écu aux huit L, , workshop A, 1690 - 1693, 1515; : LVD•XIIII•D•G (sun) FR•ET•NAV•REX, draped and of Louis XIV right, wearing large wig, obscure date below; : (Mg) CHRS - - VINC - IMP ( ), formed of four groups of two L's, each arm under a crown cutting the , A ( mint workshop letter) in a at the center, lis in each quarter.SH84613. Silver demi-écu aux palmes, 1521A, 1895, 185, KM 295.1, VF, extraordinarily strong remnants, of on , of on , 13.297 g, maximum 34.5 mm, 180o, mint, 1694 (A, reformation); LVD•XIIII•D•G (sun) FR•ET•NAV•REX (Louis XIV, by the grace of God, of France and Navarre), right, wearing large wig, ornamented with facing of on chest; BENEDICTVM (arrow point) 1964 (crescent horns up - indicates reformation) SIT•NOMEN•DOMINI (Blessed be the name of the Lord), crown above three lis in a (round arms of France), between two palms tied at the bottom, •A• ( mint workshop letter) below; edge inscribed: (lis) (sun) (lis) (flower) DOMINE (flower) (lis) (flower) SALVVM (lis) (flower) FAC (flower) (lis) (flower) REGEM; $250.00 (€222.50)
, VI de Lancastre, of France and England, 1422 - 1453
In 1422, the year old of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and of Maine remained in Henry's control.SH84618. Silver grand blanc aux écus, 288, 602, 445, 449, gVF, edge split or chip, light marks, 3.088 g, maximum 30.1 mm, 270o, St Lô (lis ) mint, 23 Nov 1422 - 1449; (lis) FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX ( of France and England), shields of England and France, hERICVS above; (lis) SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), dividing, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS below; ; $250.00 (€222.50)
United Kingdom, , 20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901
Queen inherited the throne at 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died leaving no legitimate, surviving children. The UK was already a constitutional monarchy, in which the Sovereign held relatively little direct political power. Privately, attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon and was identified with strict standards of personal morality. Her reign of 63 years and seven months, which is longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history, is known as the Victorian era.
UK84149. Silver Florin, 3925, UNC, , light marks, reeded edge, 11.326 g, maximum 29.1 mm, 0o, Tower mint, 1889; DEI GRATIA ( , by the grace of God), Jubilee , crowned, veiled and draped left; BRITT REG I8-89 FID DEF (Queen of the British Territories, Defender of the Faith, date with I), four crowned shields (arms of England (x2), Scotland, and Ireland) in a cruciform arrangement around a rayed Garter , in each angle between the shields, the four crowns dividing the and date; $220.00 (€195.80)
France, Strasbourg, Louis XIV, 1684
The Free City of Strasbourg remained neutral during the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) and retained its status as a Free Imperial City. However, the city was later annexed by Louis XIV of France to extend the borders of his kingdom. Louis' advisors believed that, as long as Strasbourg remained independent, it would endanger the King's newly annexed territories in Alsace, and, that to defend these large rural lands effectively, a garrison had to be placed in towns such as Strasbourg. Indeed, the bridge over the Rhine at Strasbourg had been used repeatedly by Imperial (Holy Roman Empire) forces, and three times during the Franco-Dutch War Strasbourg had served as a gateway for Imperial invasions into Alsace. In September 1681 Louis' forces, though lacking a clear casus belli, surrounded the city with overwhelming force. After some negotiation, Louis marched into the city unopposed on 30 September 1681 and proclaimed its annexation.SH84610. Silver Sol, 2054, 87, 1599, KM 245, VF, , light deposits, 0.936 g, maximum 17.2 mm, 180o, Strasbourg mint, 1684; MON• NOV• ARGENTINENSIS (new currency of Strasbourg), fleur-de-lis; * • IN• EXCELSIS• DEO• (glory to God in heaven), •I• / •SOL• / 1684 in three lines; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; $220.00 (€195.80)
Normans, Southern Italy, Anonymous, Dukes of or Counts of & , c. 1060 - 1080 A.D.
This coin is certainly imitative, as it weighs less then 1/3 the of the even the lightest official Class B has handled. to the Normans in Italy is based on the reputed find location and some similarity to other imitatives issued by the Normans in Southern Italy and .ME73353. Bronze follaro, apparently unpublished, imitative of Class B ( 1823, Constantinople, 1028 - 1041); -, MIR -, -, F, 2.163 g, maximum 23.3 mm, 180o, uncertain Italian mint, c. 1060 - 1080 A.D.; facing of Christ, wearing , , and , holding book of Gospels; IS - XS / bAS-ILE / bAS-ILE (Jesus Christ of Kings, mostly off ), on three steps, dividing ; from a California collector; $215.00 (€191.35)
, County of Tripoli, II, 1137-1152 A.D.
II considered the Syrian Christians of Tripoli responsible for treachery which led to his father's defeat and death in a battle with . After the battle, he took many of them prisoner, and as William of Tyre wrote, "he visited upon them diverse tortures in the presence of the people, and, in just proportion to the enormity of the crime which they had committed, he caused them to suffer death in its most cruel forms." This act was praised by the Latin Christians as "the first proofs of valor which were given by the young count, whereby he won the affection of all his people and universal approval." In 1142 donated Krak des Chevaliers, an enormous fortress on the road from Homs to the Mediterranean, as well as other smaller castles, to the Knights Hospitallers. The Hospitallers were virtually independent in the county, for which they protected Tripoli's borders from frequent raids by the forces of and Zanki, the Turkish atabeg of Mosul and Aleppo.ME76426. Bronze fraction, 1, 194 - 199; 5; 513; VI 5, VF, octagonal , light corrosion, earthen deposits, 1.017 g, maximum 16.9 mm, Tripoli mint, c. 1145 - 1149; + RAIMVNDVS ( at the bottom, starts at 7:00, ), eight pointed , pellet between each ray, shallow crescent with horns up below, all within inner ; with three annulets at the end of each arm, crossed by smaller with crescent horns inward pellet and annulet at the end of each arm; very ; $200.00 (€178.00)
, County of Tripoli, Bohemond V, 1233 - 1252
Bohemond V was Prince of Antioch and Count of Tripoli from 1233 to his death in January 1252. Bohemond V was the son of Bohemund IV of Antioch and Plaisance of Gibelet. Like his father before him, Bohemond had a notorious dislike for the Knights Hospitaller and the neighboring Kingdom of , preferring an with the Knights Templar. Peace with was assured only shortly before his death, with the mediation of Louis IX of France.ME76428. denier, 5, 75 - 127; 19; 547 - 550; IV 17, VF, , 0.609 g, maximum 15.4 mm, 315o, Tripoli mint, 1233 - 1251; + BAMVND' COMS, , three pellets in upper right quarter, beaded borders; + TRIPOL, eight pointed , annulets between the rays, beaded borders; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
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