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Handbook of Polish Coins. The primary reference for medieval Polish coins. Hard to find in the USA.BK11700. Handbuch der Polnischen Numismatik by Marian Gumowsi, 1960, paperback, 226 pages, 56 plates, in German, very good condition, only one copy available; $70.00 (€59.50)
Breslau, Silesia, Kingdom of Bohemia, Sigismund of Luxembourg, 1419 - 1437
Silesia's borders and national affiliation have changed over time, both when it was a hereditary possession of noble houses and after the rise of modern nation-states. The first known states to hold power there were probably those of Greater Moravia at the end of the 9th century and Bohemia early in the 10th century. In the 10th century, Silesia was incorporated into the early Polish state, and after its division in the 12th century became a Piast duchy. In the 14th century, it became a constituent part of the Bohemian Crown Lands under the Holy Roman Empire, which passed to the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in 1526. ME89012. Silver heller, Kopicki 8765b (R2), Saurma 67, VF, tight flan, some strike weakness, weight 0.290 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 270o, Breslau, Silesia (Wroclaw, Poland) mint, 1422 - 1437; obverse M O W M O W (O = annulet mint control mark), head of St. John the Baptist facing slightly left; reverseLion rampant left; annulet (mint control mark) below; ex Münzenhdl Brom (Berlin, Germany); rare; $70.00 (€59.50)
Silesia, German States, Leopold I the Hogmouth, Holy Roman Emperor, 18 July 1658 - 5 May 1705
Leopold was short and ugly; with an exaggerated Habsburg lip. His speech was awkward, manner uncouth, and personality unemotional and unsympathetic. He was also a man of industry, education, and of some political ability. Strong and healthy, he loved hunting and riding. He also had a taste for music and composed several Oratorios and Suites of Dances. WO76540. Silver 3 Kreuzer, KM Silesia 471, KM Austria 1230, Herinek 1536, gVF, well struck, uneven toning, weight 1.632 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Silesia, Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland) mint, warden Salomon Hammerschmidt, 1667; obverse LEOPOLDVS . D . G .-. R . I . S . A . G . H . B ., laureate and draped bust right, 3 (denomination) in frame below; reverse ARCHID. A. D. BVR. E. SIL . 16-67 ., crowned double-headed imperial eagle with arms on its chest, holding a sword and a scepter, crown breaking date above, (SHS) dividing legend below; SOLD
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