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Hungarian denier 1583 Kremnitz
« on: August 17, 2008, 06:47:57 PM »
Here's my latest acquisition. A tiny (15 mm) Hungarian denier.

The obverse shows a coat of arms in a circle. I think the legend is RVD.II.RO.I.S.AV.G.H.B.R. in full RVDolphvs.II.ROmanorvm.Imperator.Semper AVguvstvs.Germaniae.Hvngariae.Bohemiae.Rex or Rudolph II Roman emperor (empty honorific) king of Germany, Hungary and Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic).

The reverse shows a Madonna (not the singer) breaking through a circle between K and B (Kormoczbanya, now Kremnica in Slovakia) and the legend PATR+1583+HVNG (date upside down) in full PATRonas HVNGariae or patron saint of Hungary.

I won the coin with a bid of €9. As you can see, the coin is pretty complete on top, but parts of the bottom are missing. The secret is that it is not broken. It was found to be too heavy, and a mint type with squinty eyes and scissors cut off two pieces to bring it to its correct weight. He's on the extreme left of the lower picture.

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