FORVM is an ancient coin specialist. Normally we do not handle modern world coins, but we occasionally receive them in collections or consignments.
Ireland, James II, Civil War, Limerick Siege Money, 1691
After the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 the mint at Limerick continued to strike coins in the name of James II until the city fell to William on 3 October 1691. Just prior to and during the Siege of Limerick, the mint issued halfpennies and farthings over-struck on gunmoney coins and dated 1691.
SH66257. Copper farthing, SCBC-SII 6596, EF, typical flat strike, overstruck on gunmoney, weight 5.098 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Limerick mint, 1691; obverse IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA, laureate bust left; reverse HIBERNIA 1691 (normal N), Hibernia seated left, cross in right, resting left on Irish harp; $850.00 (€637.50)
Holy Roman Empire, Frederick II, 1215 - 1250
Eger is the second largest city in Northern Hungary, the county seat of Heves, lying between the Mátra and Bukk mountains. Eger is best known for its castle, thermal baths, historic buildings, wines. The Siege of Eger during the 16th century Ottoman Wars in Europe was a major Hungarian victory after a series of crushing defeats at the hands of Ottoman forces.
SH59140. Silver pfennig, Haskova 43, Buchenau 3239, Bonhoff 2034, VF, weight 0.687 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 270o, Eger mint, obverse crowned bust facing, lis topped scepter in each hand, annulets in fields; reverse two confronted crowned lions, heads turned facing, facing eagle with open wings and head right below; ex Lanz Auction 136 (2007), lot 6; rare; $225.00 (€168.75)
France, The League in the Name of Henri III, 2 August 1589 - 23 January 1596
Three months after Henri was made the elected king 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 Paris and at Court. In response, Henry I, Duke of Guise, formed the Catholic League. Henri III was eventually forced to flee Paris. After he had the duke assassinated, Henri III prepared to return to Paris 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.
ME65252. Silver half franc, Duplessy 1160, Roberts 3575, Lafaurie 1002, F, irregular flan with open cracks, weight 13.961 g, maximum diameter 1 32.6 mm, die axis 315o, Limoges mint, 1590 - 1591; obverse HENRICVS III D G FRANC ET POL REX (King of France and Poland), laureate and cuirassedbust of Henry III right, •I• (mint mark) below; reverse + SIT NOMEN DOMINI BENEDICTVM (May the name of the Lord be blessed), cross of leaves each arm tipped with lis, H in the center; $220.00 (€165.00)
France, Counts and Bishops of Meigueil, 11th - 13th Century
ME66651. Silver Lot, types imitative of Narbonne; denier: Boudeau 753, Roberts 4336; obol: Boudeau 754, Poey-dAvant 3844, VF, Maguelonne (Lanquedoc) mint, 1080 - 1120; obverse + RAMVNDS (blundered), crude cross; reverse NAIDONA (blundered), four annulets, pellet in center, pellet in one quarter; $120.00 (€90.00)
Lot of 7 Billon Denaros of Alfonso VIII, Kingdom of Toledo, 1158 - 1214
Alfonso VIII, called the Noble or el de las Navas, was the King of Castile and King of Toledo. He is best remembered for his part in the Reconquista and the downfall of the Almohad Caliphate. After having suffered a great defeat with his own army at Alarcos against the Almohads, he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders. In the Battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212, they broke the power of the Almohads, an event which marked the arrival of a tide of Christian supremacy on the Iberian peninsula. His reign saw the domination of Castile over León and, by his alliance with Aragon, he drew those two spheres of Christian Iberia into close connection. This type was struck through the reign of Alfonso X
LT55609. Billon Lot, 7 Billon Denaros, Cayon & Castan 987 corr. (misattributed to Alfonso I of Aragon), all aF or better, Toledo mint, obverse HNFVS REX, bare head left; reverse TOLLETH, Cross pattée; stars in second and fourth quarters; actual coins in the photograph; as is, no returns; $110.00 (€82.50)
France, Carolingians, Kingdom of West Francia, Charles the Simple - Louis d’Outremer, 900 - 950 A.D.
Some authorities date the last immobilized Melle mint types of Charles the Bald struck by the Counts of Poitiers as late as 1300.
ME67299. Silver denier, Immobilized Melle mint type of Charles the Bald; Roberts 3862, Poey-dAvant 2424, cf. Depeyrot 629, F, edge chip, weight 0.602 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Counts of Poitiers, Melle mint, 900 - 950 A.D.; obverse + CARLVS REX R, cross pattée; reverse MET/ΛLO; $100.00 (€75.00)
Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Philip IV, 31 March 1621 - 17 September 1665
ME58622. Bronze tornese, MIR Napoli 271/3, Pannuti and Ricco 109a, Krause 77, aVF, weight 4.268 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Naples mint, moneyer Giovanni Andrea Cavo, 1647; obverse PHILIPP IIII DG R, bare-headed, draped bust of Philip left, 47 below; reverse golden fleece, 4 - 7 across field, all within laurel wreath; $70.00 (€52.50)
Austria, Leopold I the Hogsmouth HRE, 1640 - 1705 A.D.
The obverselegend abbreviates: Leopold, by the grace of God, Emperor of the Romans, Ever Augustus, King of Germany, Hungary, and Bohemia. The reverselegend abbreviates: Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Count of Tyrol.
Leopold's reign is known for his conflicts with the Ottoman Empire in the east, and his rivalry with Louis XIV, a contemporary and first cousin, in the west. He was victorious in the Great Turkish War. Leopold fought three wars against France - the Dutch War, the Nine Years' War, and the War of the Spanish Succession. In this last, Leopold sought to give his younger son the entire Spanish inheritance, disregarding the late Spanish king's will. The war engulfed much of Europe, continued nine years after Leopold's death, and ended without success.
WO65883. Silver kreuzer, Krause KM1229, VF, slightly curved flan, weight 0.964 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Vienna mint, 1700; obverse LEOPOLDVS D G R I S A G H B REX, laureate and cuirassedbust right; reverse ARCHID AV (CB) DVX BVR SI 1700, double headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire facing, wings open, shield marked 1 on breast, crown above dividing date; $50.00 (€37.50)
France, Henri IV, 1589 - 1610
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" (GoodKing 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; $40.00 (€30.00)
Islamic, Ottoman, Mustafa III, AH 1171 - 1187, 1757 - 1774 A.D., Counterfeit or Imitative
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex A.J. Seltman Collection.
IS32096. Bronze mangir, VF, weight 1.444 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, obverse blundered tughra; reverse blundered Arabic perhaps imitative of "struck / in / Konstantiniye / 1170"; rare; $36.00 (€27.00)