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Kingdom of Naples, Charles V (HRE), 1516 - 1554
Though always at war, Charles was a lover of peace. "Not greedy of territory," wrote Marcantonio Contarini in 1536, "but most greedy of peace and quiet." Charles pushed for the convocation of the Council of Trent, which began the Counter-Reformation. It was during Charles reign that Spain conquered the Aztecs of Mexico and Incas of Peru, and then extended its control across much of South and Central America. Charles provided five ships to Ferdinand Magellan whose voyage was the first circumnavigation of the Earth. He retired in 1556. The Habsburg Monarchy passed to his younger brother Ferdinand, and the Spanish Empire was inherited by his son Philip II. The two empires would remain allies until the 18th century. Charles was only 54 when he retired, but after 34 years of energetic rule he was physically exhausted and sought the peace of a monastery where he died aged 58. Charles' motto, Plus Ultra ('Further Beyond'), became the national motto of Spain.
ME66323. Bronze 2 cavalli, MIR Napoli
155/1 var. (obverse legend
, pellets, MIR notes legend
variations and varieties with pellets exist), gF, flan
right edge, Naples mint, weight
3.510g, maximum diameter
20.0mm, die axis
CAROLVS V ROM IMP (sic), bare head
right, pellet under neck; reverse
+ REX ARAGO VTRIVS S, imperial crown, three pellets in the field
above, all within inner dot circle
; rare variety
Catalog current as of Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
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