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German States, Nuremberg(?), Gold Taufmedaille (Baptismal Medal), Mid-18th Century
We were unable to find another example of this taufmedaille online.
SH73973. Gold medal, VF, holed for suspension, a few bumps, weight 2.795 g, die axis 0o, Nuremberg(?) mint, mid-18th century; obverse The Nativity, the Star of Bethlehem above, angel above manger on far left, two magi kneel with gift to the left of infant Christ, the Virgin and St. Joseph, with bull behind on right, stone tower to right; reverse The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, John the Baptist on shore to left with pyramid behind him, two angels on right with and a palm tree behind them, above the dove of the Holy Spirit in rays; ex CNG e-auction 345, part of lot 735; ex Patrick H. James Collection; rare; $450.00 (€391.50)
Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Philip IV of Spain, 31 March 1621 - 17 September 1665
Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714.ME66312. Bronze 3 cavalli, MIR Napoli 276 (R4), F, weight 2.223 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Naples mint, 1647; obverse PHILIPP IIII D G REX, bare head right, GA/C (mint master Giovanni Andrea Cavo) left, 46 (or 47) below; reverse foliate cross, rosette at center, flame from each angle; extremely rare; $270.00 (€234.90)
Netherlands, Trade Coinage, Gold Ducat, 1928
The knight holding a bundle of arrows signifies the unity of the six northern provinces under the 1579 Union of Utrecht -- a declaration of independence from Spain.
SH73976. Gold Ducat, Schulman 779, Krause KM-83.1, Friedberg 352, UNC, weight 3.497 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Utrecht mint, 1928; obverse PARVAE CRESCUNT CONCORDIA RES (The union makes small things grow), knight in armor standing right, sword in right hand over shoulder, bundle of six arrows in left, dividing date 19-23; seahorse (privy mark: Hoitsema 1909-1933) upper left, caduceus (mintmark: Utrecht) upper right; reverse MO. AUR.REG. BELGII AD LEGEM IMPERII. (Money of the provinces of the United Netherlands according to the law of the empire), legend in square tablet, surrounded by double frame ornamented in margins with floral scrolls; slant reeded edge; mintage 571,881, gold 0.9830 fine, actual gold weight 0.1104 oz.; ex CNG e-auction 345, part of lot 735; ex Patrick H. James Collection; $225.00 (€195.75)
Lot of 20 Bronze Coins From Naples and Sicily, c. 1500 - 1800
LT68390. Bronze Lot, 20 bronze coins from Naples and Sicily, c. 1500 - 1800, Fair - Fine, actual coins in the photograph, unattributed, probably some scarce; as-is; no returns; $180.00 (€156.60)
Netherlands, Philip II of Spain, Lord of the 17 Provinces, Resistance Against the Dutch Rebels, 1575
Philip II was King of Spain, Portugal, and Naples and Sicily, as well as Duke of Milan, and lord of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands. During his marriage to Queen Mary I (1554-58), he was also King of England and Ireland from 1555. His empire included territories on every continent then known to Europeans, including his namesake the Philippine Islands. The expression "The Empire on which the sun never sets" was coined to reflect the extent of his possessions. Philip's finances were troubled by state bankruptcies in 1557, 1560, 1569, 1575, and 1596. His rule in the Netherlands faced many difficulties, including open warfare beginning in 1568. In 1572 an exiled member of the Dutch aristocracy, William the Silent (Prince of Orange), invaded the Netherlands with a Protestant army. The Dutch Republic was created by a declaration of independence in 1581. The war, however, known as the Eighty Years' War, only came to an end in 1648, when Spain finally recognized the Dutch Republic as independent.WO73149. Bronze jeton, Dugniolle II 2656, Van Loon I 212, EF, weight 4.985 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 225o, 1575; obverse IN ADVERSIS CONSTANS (steady in adversity), helmeted and armed Dutch heroine, standing on a rock in a stormy sea, clinging to a pillar, behind the pillar a resting lion; reverse GECTO / IRS POVR / LE BVREAV / DES FINAN / DV ROY (jeton to the finance office of the king) / 1575; $160.00 (€139.20)
Kingdom of Naples, Phillip III of Spain, 13 September 1598 - 31 March 1621
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; $135.00 (€117.45)
Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Phillip III of Spain, 13 September 1598 - 31 March 1621
Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714. ME66317. Bronze tornese, MIR Napoli 225 var (unlisted control symbol), aF, weight 2.182 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 45o, Naples mint, 1619; obverse + PHILIPP III D G REX, cornucopia overflowing with bunches of grapes, other fruit, and stalks of grain, 16-19 flanking across field; reverse * VIGILAT ET CVSTODIT (watches and keeps), recumbent lion atop round altar with ornamented side, MV (control symbol) below; rare (R2); $110.00 (€95.70)
Kingdom of Naples, Phillip III of Spain, 13 September 1598 - 31 March 1621
Naples was ruled by the Crown of Aragon as part of the Spanish Empire from 1504 to 1714. ME66318. Bronze 2 cavalli, MIR Napoli 225/6, aF, weight 3.954 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 180o, Naples mint, 1620; obverse + PHILIPP III D G REX, cornucopia overflowing with bunches of grapes, other fruit, and stalks of grain, 16-20 flanking across field; reverse * VIGILAT ET CVSTODIT (watches and keeps), recumbent lion atop round altar with ornamented side; rare (R2); $110.00 (€95.70)
Kingdom of Naples, Joanna of Castile and Charles V, 1516 - 1519
Joanna of Castile, known as Joanna the Mad, was the daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. She was a great beauty in her youth, and one of the most educated women in Europe, fluent in several languages. At 17 Joanna married Philip the Handsome, who was crowned King of Castile in 1506, initiating the rule of the Habsburgs in Spain. After Philip's death that same year, Joanna became mentally ill and was confined to a nunnery for the rest of her life. Though she remained the legal queen of Castile throughout this time, her father, Ferdinand II of Aragon, was regent until his death, when she inherited his kingdom as well. From 1516, her son, Charles, ruled as king in her name.ME70802. Bronze half sestino, MIR Napoli 123/1 (R3), aF, weight 1.470 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 90o, Naples mint, 1516 - 1519; obverse + LETICIA POPVLI, radiate crown over •I•C•; reverse IVSTVS • REX, cross potent; very rare; $100.00 (€87.00)
Kingdom of Naples, Charles II, 1674 - 1700
This was the last hammer struck type for Naples.ME66311. Bronze 3 cavalli, hammer struck, MIR Napoli 309/3, F, irregular tight flan, weight 1.458 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Naples mint, 1679; obverse CAROLVS II D G REX, Charles' head right, AC/A monogram upper left, crescent moon upper right, 1679 (off flan) below; reverse IN HOC SIGNO VIN (In this sign you will conquer), Foliate cross, leaf in each angle; $90.00 (€78.30)
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