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Offline chrisild

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The Goch Gold Guilders
« on: April 17, 2021, 11:46:34 PM »
One of the oldest houses in the German city of Goch, North Rhine Westphalia, is curently being restored – the House of the Five Rings (German Wikipedia article here.) And you will know that, when you clean up, you sometimes find unexpected things. ;)

In such an old house, you may come across ... gold coins from the 15th century. What the renovation team found are two guilders minted during the rule of King and Emperor Sigismund (1387-1437). The pieces were probably minted in what today are Budapest, Hungary and Košice, Slovakia. They had been kept in a metal pot (Grapen) possibly as some builders rite, except that usually less valuable coins were used for such purposes. The two pieces are very well preserved.

One image is attached; the other side, and also the Grapen, can be viewed here:
https://www.goch.de/de/aktuelles/aussergewoehnlicher-fund-im-haus-zu-den-fuenf-ringen/

Christian

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Re: The Goch Gold Guilders
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2021, 08:05:37 AM »
This is the "religious" side of the coin. The figure is St. Ladislaus, patron saint of Hungary. His attribute is the battle-axe. The globus cruciger indicates his status of king of Hungary. The text is S. LADISL...AVS REX (Saint Ladislaus king). The mint mark is below the battle-axe.

The other side has the quartered arms of Hungary (alternate red and white horizontal stripes in the first and fourth quarter, red spread eagle on a white field in the second and third quarter) with the legend +SIGISMVNDI.D.G.R.VNGARIE (of Sigismund by the grace of god king of Hungary) or variant.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: The Goch Gold Guilders
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2021, 06:56:59 PM »
Very interesting, Peter! Did not know that. :)

Christian