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


Kingdom of Naples, Joanna of Castile and Charles V, 1516 - 1519

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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 IC; reverse IVSTVS REX, cross potent; very rare; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Kingdom of Naples, Charles II, 1674 - 1700

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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 SALE PRICE $81.00


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.
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 SALE PRICE $99.00


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.
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 SALE PRICE $243.00


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; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, 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.
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 SALE PRICE $99.00


Lot of 20 Bronze Coins From Naples and Sicily, c. 1500 - 1800

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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; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


France, Carolingians, Kingdom of West Francia, Charles the Simple - Louis d'Outremer, 900 - 950 A.D.

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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 patte; reverse MET/ΛLO, in two lines; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50


France, Counts and Bishops of Meigueil, 11th - 13th Century

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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; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Swedish Livonia, Christina of Sweden, 1632 - 1654

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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.
ME59148. Billon solidus, Platbardzdis Abb. 76, Wessener 4965, VF, weight 0.436 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, 1649; obverse CHRISTINA D G R S, crowned C with badge of the House of Vasa (a sheaf of wheat) within; reverse SOLIDVS LIVONIAE 49, Livonian griffin; reverse off center, double strike; $28.00 SALE PRICE $25.20











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