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The former Romanian royal family, a branch of the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen dynasty, ruled Romania until 1947, when the last king, Michael, was deposed from his throne in a Stalinist take-over and the country became a socialist republic.SH86344. Gold 20 Lei, Krause M6, SCWC KM 20, Bruce M13, Friedberg 21, Schlumberger Gold 23, EF; edge inscription: NIHIL SINE DEO (Nothing without God), weight 6.590 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Bucharest mint, 1944; obverse ARDEALUL NOSTRU 1601 1918 1944, jugate busts left of (from left to right) Michael the Brave (1593-1601), Ferdinand I (1914-1927) and Michael I (1927-1930 & 1940-1947); reverse eagle head left, crowned, cross in beak, ROMANIA arcing below, around the county shields of the 11 counties lost by Romania to Hungary in 1940; SOLD
Wallachia, Balkans, Mircea I cel BatrÓn (the Elder), 1386 - 1394 and 1397 - 1418
Grandfather of Dracula! Mircea I was described as the "bravest and ablest of the Christian princes," by the historian Leunclavius. He was father to Vlad II Dracul and grandfather of Mircea II, Vlad Tepes, Vlad Calugarul and Radu the Handsome, all rulers of Wallachia. His grandson, Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), one of the most notorious leaders in history, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's "Dracula."SH49487. Silver ducat, cf. Buzdugan Type IIb, 196 - 205, gVF, weight 0.471 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 270o, obverse Mircea standing facing, crowned, spear in right, globus cruciger in left; reverse eagle standing left, head right, standing on helmet resting on shield; SOLD
Dalmatia and Albania, Republic of Venice, 1684 - 1691
ME58781. Bronze gazeta, Paolucci 796, gF, weight 5.797 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 270o, Venice mint, 1691; obverse DALMA / ET / ALBAN, legend in three lines; reverse SAN MARC VEN, winged lion of San Marco facing, * II * in exergue; SOLD
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