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Coins of Medieval Sicily
Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, Roger II, 1105 - 1154 A.D.

|Sicily|, |Normans,| |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Roger| |II,| |1105| |-| |1154| |A.D.||ducalis|NEW
Roger II was King of Sicily, son of Roger I of Sicily and successor to his brother Simon. He began his rule as Count of Sicily in 1105, became Duke of Apulia and Calabria in 1127, and then King of Sicily in 1130. Roger II is remembered for having united all of the Norman conquests in Italy under one strong central government. He was also the grandfather of Frederick II. This coin commemorates the investiture of the Duchy of Puglia granted by Pope Innocent II to King Roger's son in 1130. It was struck on the 10 year anniversary.
ME111215. Silver ducalis, MIR Sicily 432 (R), MEC Italy III 212-213, Spahr 72, Choice gVF, centered, light toning, weight 2.246 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 180o, Palermo mint, 1140 A.D.; obverse IC XC RG - IN AETRH (Jesus Christ, he reigns forever), bust of Christ facing, nimbus cruciger behind head, holding Gospels; reverse R DX AP (Rogerius Dux Apuliae, AP ligate) left, R R SLS (Rogerius Rex Siciliae) right, AN / R/X (Anno decimo del regno, AN ligate) low inner left, King Roger, on right, and his son Duke Roger stand facing holding a patriarchal cross between them, the king wears a Byzantine-style crown with pendilia, a jeweled garment, and holds a globus cruciger in his left hand, the Duke wears a military tunic and rests his right hand on the pommel of his sword; ex Numismatica Ranieri auction 17 (28 Oct 2022), lot 718; rare; $950.00 (959.50)


Sicily (or Sardina?), c. 13 Century A.D.

|Sicily|, |Sicily| |(or| |Sardina?),| |c.| |13| |Century| |A.D.||denaro| |piccolo| |(minuto)|
This coin was part of a group of denari of the Kingdom of Sicily, mostly from the 13th century but some later. Although this coin is apparently unpublished and the attribution is uncertain, it is almost certainly from the same time and place as the rest of the coins. The MI on the coin appears to indicate the denomination. The denaro piccolo or picciolo (plural: denari piccoli), is also known as minutus or minuto (plural: minuti).
ME95044. Billon denaro piccolo (minuto), apparently unpublished; attribution is uncertain but we believe most probable; Biaggi -, MEC 14 Italy III -, MIR 10 -, MIR Sicily -, Travaini -, F, dark green patina, small squared flan typical of the area/era, uneven strike, weight 0.348 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, uncertain Sicilian or Sardinian mint, c. 13th Century A.D.; obverse mI (for minuto?), legend obscure, mostly off flan; reverse cross patte, legend obscure, mostly off flan; the only specimen of the type known to FORVM; extremely rare; $200.00 (202.00)


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

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Frederick| |II| |(HRE),| |1197| |-| |1250||mezzo| |denaro|NEW
Frederick II, an enlightened king, ahead of its time, is numismatically famous for striking a wonderful gold coin named "augustalis" with style and fabric drawn from both Severan aurei and Constantinian solidi. This small and rare silver fraction is, however, true to its time.
ME111225. Billon mezzo denaro, MEC Italy III 536, Biaggi 1254 (R), Spahr 107, Travaini 22, MIR Sicilia 89 corr. (IMPERATOR), VF, toned, marks; the 1220-1 issue was struck with 25% silver, weight 0.778 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 270o, Messina mint, 1221 A.D.; obverse +FIPERATOR, cross patte; reverse REX SICIL, crowned imperial eagle facing, head left, crown divides legend; very scarce; $160.00 (161.60)


Kingdom of Sicily, Henry VI (HRE) and Constance, 1194 - 1196

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Henry| |VI| |(HRE)| |and| |Constance,| |1194| |-| |1196||denaro|NEW
Constance was the posthumous daughter of Roger II by his third wife Beatrice of Rethel and heiress of the Norman kings of Sicily. She was Queen of Sicily from 1194 to 1198, jointly with her husband, Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor, from 1194 to 1197, and with her infant son Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1198.
ME111230. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 483, Spahr 28, MIR Sicilia 55, VF, dark toning, light encrustations, weight 0.564 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 150o, Messina mint, 1195 - 1196; obverse + E INPERATOR, cross patte; reverse C IMPERATRIX, eagle facing, head left, wings open; $140.00 (141.40)


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|NEW
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.
ME111217. Billon denaro, MIR Sicilia 141 (R4), MEC Italy III 603, Travaini 68, Spahr 196, VF, tight flan as usual for the type, weight 0.463 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 180o, Manfredonia or Brindishi mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRIDVS, crowned eagle, facing, wings spread, head left; reverse + REX SICILIE, cross patte; rare; $120.00 (121.20)


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick III of Aragon, 1296 - 1337

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| || |Frederick| |III| |of| |Aragon,| |1296| |-| |1337||denaro|
Frederick was the regent of the Kingdom of Sicily, 1291 - 1295, and subsequently king of Sicily from 1295 until his death on 25 June 1337. He was the third son of Peter III of Aragon and served in the War of the Sicilian Vespers on behalf of his father and brothers, Alfonso III and James II. Although the second Frederick of Sicily, he chose to call himself "Fridericus Tertius" (Frederick III) - presumably because only some fifty years before, his well-known and remembered great-grandfather had reigned Sicily and also used an official ordinal as Holy Roman Emperor: Fridericus secundus.
ME95102. Billon denaro, cf. Spahr 36, MEC Italy III 780, MIR Sicily 185, Biaggi 1312, F, green patina, light earthen deposits, tight flan cutting off most of legend, weight 0.577 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, Messina mint, 1296 - 1337; obverse FRI T DEI GRA (Frederic Tertius, by the Grace of God), crowned bust of Frederic III left; reverse REX SICILIE (King of Sicily), cross patte, star (or florette?) in 2nd quarter; $50.00 (50.50)


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick III of Aragon, 1296 - 1337

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| || |Frederick| |III| |of| |Aragon,| |1296| |-| |1337||denaro|
Frederick was the regent of the Kingdom of Sicily, 1291 - 1295, and subsequently king of Sicily from 1295 until his death on 25 June 1337. He was the third son of Peter III of Aragon and served in the War of the Sicilian Vespers on behalf of his father and brothers, Alfonso III and James II. Although the second Frederick of Sicily, he chose to call himself "Fridericus Tertius" (Frederick III) - presumably because only some fifty years before, his well-known and remembered great-grandfather had reigned Sicily and also used an official ordinal as Holy Roman Emperor: Fridericus secundus.
ME95032. Billon denaro, Spahr 36, MEC Italy III 780, MIR Sicily 185, Biaggi 1312, aF, green patina, typical small squared flan, rough, marks, porosity, weak legends, weight 0.599 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, Messina mint, 1296 - 1337; obverse FRI T DEI GRA (Frederic Tertius, by the Grace of God), crowned bust of Frederic III left; reverse REX SICILIE (King of Sicily), cross patte, star (or crosslet) in 2nd quarter; $45.00 (45.45)


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266, Reverse Brockage

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266,| |Reverse| |Brockage||denaro|
A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. Click here to read a detailed explanation.

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.
ME95079. Billon denaro, Spahr 215, MEC Italy III 616, MIR 10 484 (R, Manfredonia), Travaini 81,, VF, brockage mint error, typical small squared flan, green patina, earthen deposits, weight 0.428 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1264; obverse incuse of the reverse; the normal type is: MAYNFRID, Ω over M; reverse REX SICILIE, two intersecting crosses; $40.00 (40.40)


Kingdom of Sicily, James I of Sicily, 1285 - 1296

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |James| |I| |of| |Sicily,| |1285| |-| |1296||denaro|
James II of Aragon was king of Aragon from 1295 - 1327and king of Sicily (as James I) from 1285 - 1295. At the death of his father, Peter III, James inherited Sicily, and his elder brother became Alfonso III of Aragon, Catalonia, and Valencia. When his brother died in 1291, he inherited Aragon, and to make peace with the Angevins resigned Sicily (1295) and married Blanche, daughter of Charles II of Naples. Sardinia and Corsica were given to him in compensation for Sicily. He took Sardinia by conquest in 1324, but never ruled Corsica. He was succeeded by his son Alfonso IV.
ME95083. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 769, Spahr 17, MIR Sicily 182, F, green patina, uneven strike, typical tight flan, edge crack, weight 0.414 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, Messina mint, 1285 - 1296; obverse + IAC DEI GRA (James, by the Grace of God), crowned bust of James I left; reverse + REX SICILIE, cross patte; $36.00 (36.36)


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
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.
ME95090. Billon denaro, Spahr 198, MIR Sicilia 136, MEC 14 604, Travaini 69, gF, nice green patina, typical squared small flan, off center, weight 0.469 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRID, Cross patte; reverse + REX SICILIE, large S, flanked on each side by a pellet; $36.00 (36.36)




  



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