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Handbook of Polish Coins. The primary reference for medieval Polish coins. Hard to find in the USA.BK11700. Handbuch der Polnischen Numismatik by Marian Gumowsi, 1960, paperback, 226 pages, 56 plates, in German, very good condition, only one copy available; $70.00 (€59.50)
Lithuania, John II Casimir Vasa, 1648 - 1668
John II Casimir, known in Poland as Jan Kazimierz, was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Duke of Opole in Upper Silesia, and titular King of Sweden. Unfriendly and secretive, he showed disregard and contempt for Polish culture, divided his time between lavish partying and religious contemplation, and had few friends among the Polish nobility. After his father Sigismund was deposed as King of Sweden in 1599 by his uncle, the Polish kings of the House of Vasa retained their claimed the Swedish throne, leading to the Polish-Swedish War of 1600 - 1629. The feud continued through the Thirty Years' War, and the Russo-Polish war. During the "Swedish Deluge" nearly all of Poland was captured. In 1660, John was forced to renounce his claim to the Swedish throne. The Swedes were forced to retreat but had devastated the entire country. On 16 Sep 1668, John II Casimir abdicated the Polish-Lithuanian throne, joined the Jesuits and became abbot of Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. He died in 1672. ME88010. Copper shilling, Gumowski 1868; SCWC KM 50, F, struck with worn dies, weight 0.842 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, Wilna mint, 1664; obverse IOAN . - CAS . REX, laureate head right, T.L.B. below neck; reverse crown SOLI. MAG. DVC. LIT 1664, Vytis (coat of arms of Lithuania): knight on horseback riding left, sword in raised right hand, reins in left hand; HKPL monogram below; $22.00 (€18.70)
Silesia, German States, Leopold I the Hogmouth, Holy Roman Emperor, 18 July 1658 - 5 May 1705
Leopold was short and ugly; with an exaggerated Habsburg lip. His speech was awkward, manner uncouth, and personality unemotional and unsympathetic. He was also a man of industry, education, and of some political ability. Strong and healthy, he loved hunting and riding. He also had a taste for music and composed several Oratorios and Suites of Dances. WO76540. Silver 3 Kreuzer, KM Silesia 471, KM Austria 1230, Herinek 1536, gVF, well struck, uneven toning, weight 1.632 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Silesia, Breslau (Wroclaw, Poland) mint, warden Salomon Hammerschmidt, 1667; obverse LEOPOLDVS . D . G .-. R . I . S . A . G . H . B ., laureate and draped bust right, 3 (denomination) in frame below; reverse ARCHID. A. D. BVR. E. SIL . 16-67 ., crowned double-headed imperial eagle with arms on its chest, holding a sword and a scepter, crown breaking date above, (SHS) dividing legend below; SOLD
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