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Medieval Coins of Sicily

Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Conrad I, King of Jerusalem and Sicily, 1250 - 1254

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Conrad was the son of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. In Sicily he was Conrad I, but by other German titles he was known as Conrad IV.
ME67673. Billon mezzo denaro, apparently unpublished half denaro; cf. full denaro: MEC Italy III 585 ff., Biaggi 1269, Spahr 155, gVF, nice dark green patina, weight 0.377 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 90o, Messina mint, 1250 - 1254; obverse •+• CONRADVS, cross cantonnée with rhomboid in 1st and 4th quarters; reverse + IERL' ET. SICIL (Jerusalem and Sicily), Ω over RX; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 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.
ME71878. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 546, Spahr 116, MIR 278 (R3), Biaggi -, gF, grainy, weight 0.627 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Brindisi(?) mint, 1228(?); obverse +• F• IMPERATOR•, cross pattée; reverse + •R IERSL'• ET SICIL•, large F; rare; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 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.
ME71104. Billon denaro, MIR 10 296 (R), MEC Italy III -, Biaggi -, VF, perfect centering, full legends, weight 0.868 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Brindisi mint, 1248 A.D.; obverse +ROM IMPR SEP AVG, FR, omega above; reverse + R EIRSL ET SICIL, cross pattée; rare; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


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 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 R•I-ER'-ET•S-ICL'•, crowned head superimposed at center on long cross intersecting legend; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


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.
ME73022. Billon denaro, MIR 10 343 (R), MEC Italy III 634, Spahr 35, Biaggi -, gF, green patina, weight 0.547 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Brindisi mint, 1266 - 1278; obverse + DEI GRA REX• SICIL•, KAR (AR ligate), Ω above; reverse DVC APVL' ET PRIC CAP, cross pattée, the horizontal beam a heraldic label with four pendants, a lis in each lower quarter; rare; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

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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 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.
ME73619. Bronze denaro, MIR 10 482 (NC, Manfredonia), MEC Italy III 613, Spahr 208, Biaggi -, VF, weight 0.600 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 90o, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, 1258 - 1264; obverse + •AyNFR'•REX• (NF ligate), •m•; reverse + •SICILIE•, cross pattée; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

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The reading of the legends on this rare type is not certain. Biaggi did not have an adequate specimen and used a line drawing in place of the usual photograph. MEC notes there are no know specimens with clear legends.
ME54998. Bronze denaro, MEC Italy III 609A, Biaggi 1277 (R2), gVF, weight 0.738 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 270o, Messina mint, obverse + MAYNFRID, S entwined around cross; reverse + REX SICILIE, Ω over • R •; fantastic for the type!; rare; $85.00 (€74.80)
 


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.
ME66617. Billon denaro, MIR 10 343 (R), MEC Italy III 634, Spahr 35, Biaggi -, VF, weight 0.547 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 45o, Brindisi mint, 1266 - 1278; obverse + DEI GRA REX• SICIL•, KAR (AR ligate), Ω above; reverse DVC APVL' ET PRIC CAP, cross pattée, the horizontal beam a heraldic label with four pendants, a lis in each lower quarter; rare; $85.00 (€74.80)
 


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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By 602, Maurice ordered the troops to stay beyond the Danube over winter, but they revolted and marched back to Constantinople under the leadership of Phocas. On 27 November, Maurice was captured trying to escape, he was forced to witness the slaughter of his five sons and all his supporters, and was beheaded. His wife, Constantina and his three daughters were spared, and sent to a monastery. Phocas was proclaimed the emperor.
BZ69192. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 24c, DOC I 281, Hahn MIBE 140, Wroth BMC 249, Tolstoi 306, Ratto 1169, Sommer 7.100, SBCV 583, F, weight 3.225 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 588 - 602 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRIC - TIb P P AVC (or similar), helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, helmet with crest and pendilia, globus cruciger in right; reverse large X (10 nummi), SE-CI-LI-A in angles; $85.00 (€74.80)
 


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Conrad I, King of Jerusalem and Sicily, 1250 - 1254

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Conrad was the son of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. In Sicily he was Conrad I, but by other German titles he was known as Conrad IV.
ME70455. Billon denier, MIR 10 301 (NC), MEC Italy III 577 - 578, Biaggi 476, Spahr 158, aVF, weight 0.527 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 270o, Brindisi mint, obverse + • IERVSALEM •, C•O / R, --- above, within inner border; reverse + • ET • SICIL' • REX •, cross pattée, within inner border; $85.00 (€74.80)
 




    



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