Author Topic: Lithuania-Poland, Sigismund II Augustus (1546-1572), AR 1/2 Groschen, 1560  (Read 231 times)

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Obverse: MONETA MAGNI DVCAT9 LITVA. National arms of Lithuania (knight charging left on horseback, brandishing a sword), date below.
Reverse: SIGIS AVG REX PO MAG DVX LI. National arms of Poland (heraldic eagle).

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Ruzas 83. Nicely preserved coin. Should be 19 to 20 mm and slightly below 1 gram. Type struck 1545-1566. The kingdom of Poland and the grand duchy of Lithuania were united in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, hence the Lituanian national symbol of a knight (Raitelis) and the Polish eagle. At the time this coin was issued, the commonwealth was the largest state in Europe, explaining why this coin is relatively common. As Poland weakened, Lithuania was also gobbled up by its neighbours.

SIGISmvndvs AVGvstvs REX POloniae MAGnvs DVX Litvaniae - Sigismund Augustus king of Poland grand duke of Lithuania
MONETA MAGNI DVCATvs LITVania - Coin of the grand duchy of Lithuania.

Interestingly, according to Google translate, the legend on the knight's side can also be translated as "money is the great lubricant of Lithuania", which explains how states have sex. :)

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Thank you for the translation and the additional information. I find this series really cool. These are one of the earliest coins with dates in Arabic numerals, which make even non-collectors jump up. The flans are wafer thin but wide enough for the details to be easily visible to the naked eye. To top it all, they are very affordable.

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These are one of the earliest coins with dates in Arabic numerals

It is one of the earliest Lithuanian dated coins, but they come 80 years behind the first  dated wholly in Arabic numerals. Arabic dated coins come even earlier.

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It is one of the earliest Lithuanian dated coins, but they come 80 years behind the first  dated wholly in Arabic numerals. Arabic dated coins come even earlier.

Peter
Thanks for the link. Factoring in the clarity of the date and the affordability (three coins dated 1509-11 together cost me USD 7), this the coolest series for me.