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Medieval Coins of Sicily


Kingdom of Sicily, Charles of Anjou, 1266 - 1285
Click for a larger photo Charles received the Kingdom of Sicily as a papal grant but had to take it by force from the Hohenstaufen. In 1282, he was expelled from Sicily by rebellion. He continued to claim the island, but ruled only the peninsula from his capital at Naples. By conquest he became King of Albania in 1272, by purchase King of Jerusalem in 1277, and he inherited the Principality of Achaea in 1278.
ME54084. Billon dinero, MEC Italy III 669 - 670, Biaggi 1299 (R4), Spahr 53, CNI -, Fair, weight 0.406 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, Messina mint, 1277; obverse [+ K DEI GREX SICIL], cross potent in quatrefoil; reverse [+ DVCAT APV ET PC CAP], palm tree; very rare; $80.00 (€60.00)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266
Click for a larger photo Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME54803. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 603, Biaggi 1276, F, weight 0.543 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 90o, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, obverse + MAYNFRIDVS •, crowned eagle facing, wings open, head left; reverse + • REX • SICILIE •, cross pattée; rare; $80.00 (€60.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.
BZ65613. Bronze follis, Anastasi 421, SBCV 1568, DOC III 18, gVF, earthen encrustation, weight 1.752 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse K/W/N/S - ∆/E/C/Π, Constantine V, bearded, standing facing, wears crown and chlamys, akakia in r.; reverse Λ/E/O/N - N/E/O/V, Leo IV, beardless, standing facing, wears crown and chlamys, akakia in right; very scarce; $80.00 (€60.00)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266
Click for a larger photo Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME66336. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 603, Biaggi 1276 (R), MIR Sicily 486, Fair, tight flan, weight 0.579 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRIDVS •, crowned eagle facing, wings open, head left; reverse + • REX • SICILIE •, cross pattée; rare; $80.00 (€60.00)

Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Secluded and pleasure-loving, William II, the Good, seldom emerged from his palace life at Palermo. Yet his reign was marked by an ambitious foreign policy and vigorous diplomacy. Champion of the papacy and in secret league with the Lombard cities he was able to defy the common enemy, Frederick I Barbarossa.
ME68451. Bronze follaro, MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233, VF, weight 0.762 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, Messina mint, 1166 - 1189; obverse + OPERATAT IN VRBE MESSANE, o / REX W / SCOVS in center (OV ligate); reverse Arabic legend "al-malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd) in center, "bi-amr al-malik al-mu'azzam al-musta'izz" around edge; $80.00 (€60.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constantine IV, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.
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BZ83141. Bronze follis, DOC II part 2, Class IV, 63; SBCV 1210, aVF, weight 3.163 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 668 - 681 A.D.; obverse diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing, beardless, spear in right, shield on left ornamented with horseman; reverse large M, monogram above, SCL in ex; scarce; $65.00 (€48.75)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Tripoli was taken by the Muslims in the 22nd year of the Hijra, that is between 30 November 642 and 18 November 643.
BZ82464. Bronze follis, DOC II, part 2, 176; SBCV 1104; undertype SBCV 1103, gVF, weight 3.831 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 641 - 647 A.D.; obverse bust of Constans, beardless, facing, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, traces of undertype (legend and globus cruciger) above; reverse large M, monogram above; traces of undertype lower left (large M and legend NEO); $60.00 (€45.00)

Byzantine Empire, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.
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BZ83115. Bronze follis, Anastasi 548, SBCV 1681, DOC III 30, VF, weight 2.719 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse ΘEOFILOS bASI, facing bust wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, MIXA from Michael II undertype below; reverse large M, cross above, X/X/X left, N/N/N right, Θ below; $60.00 (€45.00)

Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Conrad II (Conradin), King of Jerusalem and Sicily, 1254 - 1258
Click for a larger photo 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.
ME56822. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 597, Biaggi 484, aVF, ragged flan, crack, weight 0.645 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, Brindisi mint, obverse + SECVNDVS• R, C in center surrounded by four crescents; reverse + IERL ET SICIL', cross with crescent in each quarter; encrustations; rare; $60.00 (€45.00)

Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick IV the Simple, 1355 - 1377
Click for a larger photo Frederick was born in Catania. In his youth, his reign was under the control of powerful Sicilian barons, and was plagued by wars with the Kingdom of Naples and by the Black Death, which killed his elder brother and predecessor. In 1372 he was able to come to peace terms with Naples and Pope Gregory IX.
ME57792. Bronze denaro, MEC Italy III 805 var (no O on neck), Biaggi 1329 var (same); possibly an unpublished variation of a rare type, F, weight 0.397 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 225o, Sciacca mint, 1371 - 1376; obverse + FRIDERICUS DEI, crowned bust facing, cross on crown, O on neck; reverse + GRACIA REX, circle upon long cross, m in 4th quarter, rosette in other quarters; $60.00 (€45.00)



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