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Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, Roger II, 1105 - 1154 A.D.
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.ME66989. Bronze follaro, MIR 10 135 (R2), MEC Italy III 227, VF, weight 1.634 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 45o, Messina mint, 1150 - 1151 A.D.; obverse MP − ΘY (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God), half-length bust of the Virgin Orans facing; reverse Arabic inscription arranged as a cross: umila five hundred forty five (struck in 545), four dots arranged in a square in each corner; very rare; SOLD
Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.
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.SH71138. Billon quarter tercenario, MEC Italy III 423, Biaggi 1777 (R), MIR Sicily 442 (R2), Spahr 115, VF, frosty surfaces, weight 0.412 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Palermo mint, second silver coinage; obverse Kufic Arabic legend: duriba bi-madinat Siquilliyyah hama-ha Allah (struck at Palermo, may God protect her), small cross pommée within a linear circle; reverse qVART/A TERCE/NARII• in three lines within linear circle border; very rare; SOLD
Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 1250
Frederick II, an enlightened king, ahead of its time, is numismaticly 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.ME82088. Billon mezzo denaro, MEC Italy III 536, Biaggi 1254 (R), Spahr 107, aEF, toned, weight 0.723 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 315o, Messina mint, 1221 A.D.; obverse •F•IPERATOR +, cross pattée; reverse •REX SICIL•, crowned imperial eagle facing, head left; very rare; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
In 751, Pepin the Short was elected King of the Franks by the Frankish nobility, marking the end of the Merovingian and beginning of the Carolingian dynasty.BZ50482. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434; DOC III part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 35; Tolstoi 53; Ratto 1757; SBCV 1569; Sommer 23.11, Choice aEF, superb for the type, weight 2.340 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; scarce; SOLD
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