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Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1198 - 1250
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.
denaro, MEC Italy III
549, MIR 10
282 (NC), Biaggi
455 (NC), Spahr
121, F, little wear but corrosion, Brindisi mint, weight
0.582g, maximum diameter
15.2mm, 1239; obverse
F•- IM-PER-ATO-R•, long cross
R•I-ER'-ET•S-ICL'•, crowned head
superimposed at center on long cross
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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