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Medieval Coins of Sicily

Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 1250

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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.
ME66347. Billon denaro, MIR 10 290 (NC), MEC Italy III 560, Biaggi 464 (NC), Choice VF, nice green patina, weight 0.765 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 315o, Brindisi mint, 1245; obverse + F•ROMANOR VM, IMPR (IMP ligate) in center with double suspension mark above; reverse +IERSL'•ET•SICIL'•R•, cross pattée, crescent in each quarter; $110.00 (€95.70)


Kingdom of Sicily, Henry VI (HRE), 1194 - 1197

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Henry VI was King of Germany from 1190 - 1197, Holy Roman Emperor from 1191 - 1197, and King of Sicily from 1194 - 1197. In 1197, his German soldiers mercilessly suppressed a revolt in Italy, especially in southern Sicily. In this same year, Henry prepared for a Crusade, but, on 28 September, he died of malaria (or he may have been poisoned) in Messina. His son, Frederick II, inherited both the Kingdom of Sicily and the Imperial crown.
ME66349. Billon denaro, MIR 10 256 (NC), MEC Italy III 485, Biaggi 434 (NC), VF, nice green patina, weight 0.792 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 135o, Brindisi mint, 1194 - 1196; obverse HE •INPERATOR (HE ligate), cross pattée, six pointed star in the third and fourth quarters; reverse C INPERATRIX•, Ω (suspension mark) over A•P; rare; $110.00 (€95.70)


Kingdom of Sicily, Charles of Anjou, 1266 - 1285

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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.
ME70461. Billon denaro, MIR 10 353 (R), Biaggi 497 (R), MEC Italy III 650, Spahr 47, VF, nice green patina, weight 0.903 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, Brindisi mint, early coinage, 1266 - 1278; obverse + K DEI GRA REX SICIL', large lis above narrow crescent with horns up; reverse + DVC APVL' ET PRNC CAP, cross fleury; rare; $110.00 (€95.70)


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.
ME66670. Billon denaro apulo, Biaggi 485 (R), MIR Sicily 326 (R), Travaini 66, MEC Italy III - (discussed on p. 193, type 2), VF, weight 0.597 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 180o, Brindisi(?) mint, 1258 - c. 1263; obverse +• MANFREDVS•, gothic APl monogram, three pellets around, within inner border; reverse + REX• SICILIE•, cross pattée, wedge in each angle; rare; $105.00 (€91.35)


Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.

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The Normans entered Sicily and southern Italy in order to fight the Byzantines and Arabs. They conquered the land and after long wars, they established a powerful kingdom that had to be recognized by the Pope.
ME68290. Bronze 3 follaro, MEC Italy III 425 ff., Travaini 166 ff., Biaggi 1231, aVF, weight 10.409 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Messina mint, second copper coinage; obverse facing lion head mask; reverse palm tree with dates; $105.00 (€91.35)


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.
ME66346. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 549, MIR 282 (NC), Biaggi 455 (NC), Spahr 121, VF, porous, weight 0.533 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 45o, 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; $100.00 (€87.00)


Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.

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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.
ME66620. Bronze follaro, MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233, VF, weight 1.703 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, 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; $100.00 (€87.00)


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; $100.00 (€87.00)


Kingdom of Sicily, Alfonso I (the Magnanimous) of Aragon, 1416 - 1458 A.D.

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Alfonso the Magnanimous was the King of Aragon (as Alfonso V), Valencia (as Alfonso III), Majorca, Sardinia and Corsica (as Alfonso II), Sicily (as Alfonso I) and Count of Barcelona (as Alfonso IV), and King of Naples (as Alfonso I). He was one of the most prominent figures of the early Renaissance and a knight of the Order of the Dragon.

The stripes on the arms of the Crown of Aragon are red and yellow.
ME70466. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 837, Biaggi 1349 (C), MIR Sicily 228 (R), gVF, nice patina, typical crowded flan, weight 0.741 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 315o, Messina mint, obverse + ALFOnS:D:GR, eagle standing facing, head right, wings open; reverse REX SICILI, arms of the Crown of Aragon (vertical stripes on shield), cross pattée above; $100.00 (€87.00)


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; $100.00 (€87.00)




    



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