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Normans, Southern Italy, Anonymous, Dukes of Apulia or Counts of Sicily & Calabria, c. 1060 - 1080 A.D.

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This coin is certainly imitative, as it weighs less then 1/3 the weight of the even the lightest official Class B Byzantine anonymous follis Forum has handled. Attribution to the Normans in Italy is based on the reputed find location and some similarity to other Byzantine imitatives issued by the Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily.
ME73353. Bronze follaro, apparently unpublished, imitative of Class B Byzantine anonymous follis (SBCV 1823, Constantinople, 1028 - 1041); MEC Italy III -, MIR -, et al. -, F, weight 2.163 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Italian mint, c. 1060 - 1080 A.D.; obverse facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, holding book of Gospels; reverse IS - XS / bAS-ILE / bAS-ILE (Jesus Christ King of Kings, mostly off flan), Cross on three steps, dividing legend; from a California collector; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $113.00


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Philip IV of Spain, 31 March 1621 - 17 September 1665

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Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714.
ME92027. Bronze 3 cavalli, MIR Napoli 273/1 (NC), F, dark green patina, weight 1.292 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 225o, Naples mint, 1625; obverse PHILIPP IIII D G REX, radiate head right, B (mint master Fabrizio Biblia) behind, 1625 below; reverse IN HOC SIGNO VINCES (In this sign you will conquer), cross potent, flame from each angle; ex FORVM (2013); scarce; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Duchy of Savoy, Italy, Carlo I, 1482 - 1490

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The Duchy of Savoy (Italian: Ducato di Savoia, French: Duch de Savoie) was created in 1416 when the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund raised the County of Savoy into a duchy for Amadeus VIII. The duchy was an Imperial fief, subject of the Holy Roman Empire with a vote in the Imperial Diet. Chambry was the capital until 1562, when it was moved to Turin. Throughout its history, it was ruled by the House of Savoy and formed a part of the larger Savoyard state, but it was at times occupied by France. In 1860, under the terms of the Treaty of Turin, the Duchy of Savoy was annexed by France. The last Duke of Savoy, Victor Emmanuel II, became King of Italy.Italy_Map

ME92020. Billon Forte, CNI I p. 112, 139; Biaggi 2471 (R) corr., VF, toned, light porosity, weight 0.636 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 210o, Chambery (France) mint, 1482 - 1490; obverse + KAROLVS DVX S B D PC, shield with coat-of-arms of Savoy, annulet above and another below; reverse + PRINCEPS IN ITALIA, large K, four annulets around; ex CNG e-auction 247 (12 January 2011), lot 445; rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Kingdom of Naples, Charles V (HRE), 1516 - 1554

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Though always at war, Charles was a lover of peace. "Not greedy of territory," wrote Marcantonio Contarini in 1536, "but most greedy of peace and quiet." Charles pushed for the convocation of the Council of Trent, which began the Counter-Reformation. It was during Charles reign that Spain conquered the Aztecs of Mexico and Incas of Peru, and then extended its control across much of South and Central America. Charles provided five ships to Ferdinand Magellan whose voyage was the first circumnavigation of the Earth. He retired in 1556. The Habsburg Monarchy passed to his younger brother Ferdinand, and the Spanish Empire was inherited by his son Philip II. The two empires would remain allies until the 18th century. Charles was only 54 when he retired, but after 34 years of energetic rule he was physically exhausted and sought the peace of a monastery where he died aged 58. Charles' motto, Plus Ultra ('Further Beyond'), became the national motto of Spain.
SH66322. Bronze cavallo, MIR Napoli 156, VF, weight 1.215 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 90o, Naples mint, obverse PLVS : VLTRA, the Pillars of Hercules, banner over trefoil in center, crown above; reverse REX : IVSTVS, cross potent; $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50


Kingdom of Naples, Phillip III of Spain, 13 September 1598 - 31 March 1621

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Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714.
ME66316. Bronze 2 cavalli, MIR Napoli 231 (R2), F, uneven strike, tight flan, weight 2.182 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Naples mint, obverse + PHILIPP III D G REX ARA, two flints and two flint locks forming a cross, a flame in each angle; reverse SICILIAE ET HIERVSA, crown, two crossed scepters inside; rare; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles I of Anjou, 1266 - 1285

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Charles I of Anjou was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266, though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262. He was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282.
ME66338. Billon denaro, MIR 10 347 (R3), Biaggi 493 var. (R), MEC Italy III 643, VF, weight 0.405 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 135o, Apulia, Brindisi mint, early coinage, 1266 - 1278; obverse K DEI GRA REX SCL, cross fleury; reverse + DVC AP ET PRIC CAPE, shield with lis and three pendants, flanked by two small lis; rare; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles I of Anjou, 1266 - 1285

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Charles I of Anjou was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266, though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262. He was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282.
ME66658. Bronze denaro, MIR 10 356 (R), MEC Italy III 665, Biaggi 499 var. (legends reversed, NC), VF, weight 0.546 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 90o, Brindisi mint, 1277; obverse + DEIGRAREXSICIL, K in frame of six arches; reverse + DVC APVL PRIC CAP, cross with trefoil at each end and star in each quarter; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Kingdom of Naples, Robert of Anjou (the Wise), 1309 - 1343 A.D.

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Robert of Anjou, known as Robert the Wise, was King of Naples, titular King of Jerusalem, Count of Provence and Forcalquier from 1309 to 1343, and the central figure of Italian politics of his time.
ME68463. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 718 - 719, Biaggi 1637, MIR Napoli 29, aVF, nice green patina, slightly wavy and crowded flan, light scratches, weight 0.476 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 180o, Naples mint, 1309 - 1343 A.D.; obverse + ROBERTU DEI GRA, four lis around center, upper lis at center of heraldic label; reverse + IERL ET SICIL' REX, cross potent; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Conrad II (Conradin), King of Jerusalem and Sicily, 1254 - 1258

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Conrad II in Sicily was officially Conrad III in Jerusalem but was called "the Younger" or "the Boy," and most often the diminutive "Conradin." Conradin was an infant when he assumed the throne. Manfred his regent, although only about 18 years old, acted loyally and with vigor in the execution of his trust. However, upon a false rumor of Conradin's death, Manfred was crowned king 1258 and refused to abdicate when the rumor was proved false. Pope Clement IV defeated and killed Manfred. At age 16, Conradin was defeated and beheaded by Charles of Anjou, ending the legitimate Hohenstaufen line.
ME70458. Billon denaro, MIR 10 310 (R3), MEC Italy III 590, Biaggi 482 var. (no R at end of reverse legend), Spahr 166, VF, centered, weight 0.764 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Brindisi mint, 1254 - 1258; obverse + CSECVNDVS, crowned eagle facing with head left; reverse + IER ET SICIL'R, cross patte, pellet in second and third quarters; rare; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1198 - 1250

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Frederick II was one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperors of the Middle Ages. At two he was crowned King of Sicily, co-ruler with his mother Constance, the daughter of Roger II of Sicily. In 1220, he was made King of the Romans, and as such, King of Germany, of Italy, and of Burgundy. He became King of Jerusalem through marriage and the Sixth Crusade. Due to frequent disputes with the Papacy, he was excommunicated four times and Pope Gregory IX called him the Antichrist. An avid patron of science and the arts, he spoke Latin, Sicilian, German, French, Greek and Arabic.
ME73014. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 549, MIR 10 282 (NC), Biaggi 455 (NC), Spahr 121, F, little wear but corrosion, weight 0.582 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, Brindisi mint, 1239; obverse F- IM-PER-ATO-R, long cross intersecting legend; reverse RI-ER'-ETS-ICL', crowned head superimposed at center on long cross intersecting legend; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50




  



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