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Italy, Campobasso, Nicolas I of Montforte, 1422

|Italy|, |Italy,| |Campobasso,| |Nicolas| |I| |of| |Montforte,| |1422||tornese|
Robert of Anjou gave Campobasso as a fief to Richard de Montfort in 1326, to reward him for his loyalty. Nicolas I de Montfort was his descendant. Campobasso is the capital of the Molise region and of the province of Campobassoa in southern Italy; located in the high basin of the Biferno river, surrounded by the Sannio and Matese mountains. The main tourist attraction is the Castello Monforte, built by Nicolas II over Lombard or Norman ruins. The castle has Guelph merlons and stands on a commanding point, where traces of ancient settlements (including Samnite walls) have been found. The castle was rebuilt after the earthquakes in 1456 and 1805.
ME98087. Billon tornese, Biaggi 538 (R5); CNI XVIII p. 234, 10; cf. MIR 10 369 (stops, Nicolas II), MEC Italy III 938 (same), VF, well centered, light corrosion, light deposits, tiny edge crack, weight 0.673 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Campobasso mint, 1422; obverse * NICOLOA CONI * (closed C's and unbarred A, rosette stops), Châtel tournois topped with a cross; reverse + • CAmPIbASSI • (closed C and unbarred A's, pellet stops), cross pattée; ex Nomisma SpA (San Marino) auction 31 (Mar 2006), lot 325; very rare; $180.00 SALE PRICE $144.00
 


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

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Henry| |VI| |(HRE)| |and| |Constance,| |1194| |-| |1196||denaro|
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.
ME113221. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 483, Spahr 28, MIR Sicilia 55, Biaggi 433, VF, well centered, dark spots, small edge chip, weight 0.603 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Messina or Palermo mint, 1195 - 1196; obverse C IMPERATRIX, eagle facing, head left, wings open; reverse + E INPERATOR, cross pattée; $160.00 SALE PRICE $128.00
 


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles I of Anjou, 1266 - 1285 A.D.

|Italy|, |Kingdom| |of| |Naples| |and| |Sicily,| |Charles| |I| |of| |Anjou,| |1266| |-| |1285| |A.D.||denaro|NEW
Charles I of Anjou, was a member of the royal Capetian dynasty and the founder of the second House of Anjou. He was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266, though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262. He was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282. In the Holy Roman Empire, he was Count of Provence (1246-85) and Forcalquier (1246-48, 1256-85). In France, he was Count of Anjou and Maine (1246-85). In Greece he was Prince of Achaea (1278-85). In 1272, he was proclaimed King of Albania. In 1277 he purchased a claim to the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Carlos_I
ME113087. Billon denaro, cf. Biaggi 1299 (R4), Spahr 53 (RRR), MEC Italy III 669 - 670, Travaini p. 99, C28 - C29, MIR Sicily -, gVF, green patina, double strike, weight 0.782 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, Messina mint, c. 1277 A.D.; obverse Latin: + K DEI G REX SICIL (Karol, by the Grace of God, King of Sicily), cross pattée in quadrilobe; reverse Latin: + DVCAT APV ET PR CAP (or similar), stylized lis-like palm frond or tree, two pellets flanking low; ex Inasta auction 107 (27 June 2023), lot 834; very rare; $120.00 SALE PRICE $96.00
 


Kingdom of Naples, Robert of Anjou (the Wise), 1309 - 1343 A.D.

|Italy|, |Kingdom| |of| |Naples,| |Robert| |of| |Anjou| |(the| |Wise),| |1309| |-| |1343| |A.D.||denaro|
Robert of Anjou, known as Robert the Wise, was King of Naples, titular King of Jerusalem, Count of Provence and Forcalquier from 1309 to 1343, and the central figure of Italian politics of his time.
ME113295. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 718 - 719, Biaggi 1637, MIR Napoli 29, F, dark tone, tiny edge cracks, weight 0.640 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, Naples mint, 1309 - 1343 A.D.; obverse ROBERTU DEI GRA, four lis around center, upper lis at center of heraldic label; reverse IERL ET SICIL' REX, cross potent; $60.00 SALE PRICE $48.00
 


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

|Sicily|, |Normans,| |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |William| |II,| |1166| |-| |1189| |A.D.||trifollaro|
In about 1184, King William II of Sicily began minting at Messina a trifollaro with a lion's face (or mask) on the obverse and a fruited date-palm on the reverse. The lion's face appears to be a copy of a Siculo-Punic coin minted at Messina in the fifth century BC - 1500 years earlier. These may still have been in circulation in Messina in 1184. The date-palm may have been a symbol meant for William's Muslim subjects, since the Quran says Mary ate dates at the time of Jesus' birth.
ME113746. Bronze trifollaro, MEC Italy III 425 ff., Travaini 166 ff., Biaggi 1231, Spahr I 117, aVF, green patina, corrosion, encrustation, off center, weight 10.517 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, Messina mint, second copper coinage; obverse facing lion head mask; reverse palm tree with dates; $50.00 SALE PRICE $40.00
 


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 pattée; reverse + REX SICILIE, large S, flanked on each side by a pellet; $27.00 SALE PRICE $21.60
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
The reading of the legends on this rare type is not certain. Biaggi did not have an adequate specimen and used a line drawing in place of the usual photograph. MEC notes there are no know specimens with clear legends.

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.
ME95059. Billon denaro, Spahr 199, MEC Italy III 609A, MIR Sicily 138, Biaggi 1277 (R2), F, green patina, small irregular ragged flan, light corrosion, light encrustations, legend weak, weight 0.498 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRID, S entwined around cross; reverse + SICILIE REX, Ω over • R •; $27.00 SALE PRICE $21.60
 


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 pattée; reverse + REX SICILIE, large S, flanked on each side by a pellet; $26.00 SALE PRICE $20.80
 


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.
ME95061. Billon denaro, Spahr 215, MEC Italy III 616, MIR 10 484 (R, Manfredonia), Travaini 81, F, green patina, typical small squared flan, light corrosion, light earthen deposits, weight 0.611 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1264; obverse MAYNFRID, Ω over M; reverse REX SICILIE, two intersecting crosses; $26.00 SALE PRICE $20.80
 


Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
The reading of the legends on this rare type is not certain. Biaggi did not have an adequate specimen and used a line drawing in place of the usual photograph. MEC notes there are no know specimens with clear legends.

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.
ME95078. Billon denaro, Spahr 199, MEC Italy III 609A, MIR Sicily 138, Biaggi 1277 (R2), F, typical small flan, scratches, uneven strike, weight 0.460 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRID, S entwined around cross; reverse + SICILIE REX, Ω over • R •; $26.00 SALE PRICE $20.80
 




  



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