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Coins of Sicily
Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.

|Sicily|, |Normans,| |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |William| |II,| |1166| |-| |1189| |A.D.||follaro|
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.
ME95065. Bronze follaro, MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233, F, tight flan, uneven strike, porosity, weight 1.277 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 180o, Messina mint, 1166 - 1189; obverse + OPERATAT IN VRBE MESSANE, o / REX W / SCOVS in center (OV ligate); reverse Arabic legend "al-malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd) in center, "bi-amr al-malik al-mu'azzam al-musta'izz" around edge; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


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 in the 2nd quarter; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50


Kingdom of Sicily, Friedrich III, 1296 - 1327

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Friedrich| |III,| |1296| |-| |1327||denaro|NEW
Frederick III was the regent of the Kingdom of Sicily from 1291 until 1295 and subsequently king of Sicily from 1295 until his death. 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 ??? and James ??.
ME92738. Bronze denaro, MEC Italy III 782, F, dark patina, earthen deposits, scratches, weight 0.594 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, Messana (Messina, Sicily) mint, c. 1296 - 1327; obverse + FRI T DEI GRA, crowned head left; reverse + REX SICILIE, Cross patte, angular balls in two quarters; ex Klner Mnzkabinett (Cologne); $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Conrad I, King of Jerusalem and Sicily, 1250 - 1254

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Naples| |and| |Sicily,| |Conrad| |I,| |King| |of| |Jerusalem| |and| |Sicily,| |1250| |-| |1254||denier|
Conrad was the son of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. In Sicily he was Conrad I, but by other German titles he was known as Conrad IV.
ME95070. Billon denier, Spahr 156, MEC Italy III 579, MIR 10 308 (R3, Brindisi), Biaggi 478, Travaini 53, F, nice green patina, oval flan, highlighting earthen deposits, weak strike, weight 0.761 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 45o, Messina mint, 1250 - 1254; obverse + CONRADVS, cross cantonne with besant in upper left and lower right quarters; reverse + IERL' ET. SICIL (Jerusalem and Sicily), RE/X in center; rare; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00


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 SALE PRICE $36.00


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; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00


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.
ME95035. Billon denaro, Spahr 198, MIR Sicilia 136, MEC 14 604, Travaini 69, aF, dark green patina, light earthen deposits, light corrosion, weight 0.387 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRID, Cross patte; reverse + REX SICILIE, large S, flanked on each side by a pellet; $36.00 SALE PRICE $32.40


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
The inscriptions are only fragmentary, but it is doubtful this type exists will full inscriptions.

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.
ME95043. Billon denaro, Spahr 215, MEC Italy III 616, MIR 10 484 (R, Manfredonia), Travaini 81, F, green patina, typical small squared flan, uneven strike, weight 0.547 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1264; obverse MAYNFRID, Ω over M; reverse REX SICILIE, two intersecting crosses; $36.00 SALE PRICE $32.40


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
The inscriptions are only fragmentary, but it is doubtful this type exists will full inscriptions.

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.
ME95057. Billon denaro, Spahr 215, MEC Italy III 616, MIR 10 484 (R, Manfredonia), Travaini 81, VF, green patina, tight flan, reverse double struck, weight 0.349 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1264; obverse MAYNFRID, Ω over M; reverse REX SICILIE, two intersecting crosses; $36.00 SALE PRICE $32.40


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.
ME95054. Billon denaro, Spahr 198, MIR Sicilia 136, MEC 14 604, Travaini 69, F, green patina, typical small squared flan, weight 0.606 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRID, cross patte; reverse + REX SICILIE, large S, flanked on each side by a pellet; $32.00 SALE PRICE $28.80




  



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