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Hungary, Leopold I. Gold Ducat, 1672 struck at Kremnitz.

Stock code: CM001231
£775
Country: Hungary
King (reign): Leopold I, 1658 – 1705
Denomination/metal: Gold Ducat
Date/mint mark: 1672
Type Kremnitz Mint
Ref. no: Fr 128; Huzar 1320

Obv. Crowned and cloaked full figure standing right holding orb and sceptre, 'LEOPOLD D G R I S A G H B REX'. Rev. Madonna and child, arms on HRE eagle below, 'AR AV DV MA MO CO YY 1672'.
23mm, 3.41g. GVF - Good Very Fine.

Not particularly rare – but a very nice condition piece and thus desirable – very handsome and august full figure of the Holy Roman Emperor. Leopold I was Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Croatia and King of Bohemia. The second son of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, by his first wife, Maria Anna of Spain, Leopold became heir apparent in 1654 by the death of his elder brother Ferdinand IV. Elected Holy Roman Emperor in 1658, Leopold would rule as such until his death in 1705. Leopold's reign is known for the conflicts with the Ottoman Empire in the east, and the rivalry with Louis XIV, a contemporary and first cousin, in the west. After more than a decade of warfare, Leopold emerged victorious from the Great Turkish War thanks to military talents of Prince Eugene of Savoy. By the Treaty of Karlowitz, Leopold recovered almost all of the Kingdom of Hungary which had fallen under the Turkish yoke in the years after the 1526 Battle of Mohács. Leopold fought three wars against France – the Dutch War, the Nine Years' War, and the War of the Spanish Succession. In this last, Leopold sought to give his younger son the entire Spanish inheritance, disregarding the late Spanish king's will. To this end, he started a war which soon engulfed much of Europe. The early years of the war went fairly well for Austria, with victories at Schellenberg and Blenheim. But this was a stubborn war that would drag on till 1714, nine years after Leopold's death which, in truth, barely had an effect on the warring nations of Europe. When Peace returned at the end of it all, Austria could not be said to have emerged as triumphant as it did from the war against the Turks.

Anglo-Gallic, Edward the Black Prince, gold Chaise d'Or, Bordeaux Mint issued between 1362 & 1372.

Stock code: CM001197
£10,500
Country: England, AngloKing (reign): Edward the Black Prince (1363 - 1376)
Denomination/metal: Gold Chaise d'Or
Date/mint mark: 1362 -1372
Type Bordeaux Mint issue.
Ref. no: Elias 143; Elias Collection 241; Schneider 33; Poey d'Avant 2935

Obv. Full-length figure of Edward seated facing on ornate Gothic throne, holding sceptre in right hand, '+ ?D’· PO’· GnS · R?GIS · AnGLI? · PnS · ?QIT?nI?', (rosette stops), (Edward, first born of the king of England, prince of Aquitaine). Rev. Cross Collarino within ornamental quatrefoil, leopard in 1st. and 4th. angles, lis in 2nd. and 3rd., rosette stops - '+ DEVS . IVDEX . IVSTVS . FORTIS ' Z . PACIENS B', (God is a righteous judge, strong and patient)
28mm, 3.52g. AEF - Almost Extremely Fine but soft strike resulting in lack of detail on face, reverse slightly off centre.

Superbly beautiful and quintessentially medieval coin and particularly interesting in that it is issued by the Black Prince, holding Aquitaine for his father Edward III of England. The chaise d'or is accounted the rarest of Edward's gold issues, and the only one that presents the prince as a peaceable ruler, bearing a sceptre rather than the ubiquitous sword. He arrived in Bordeau in July 1363 and with the cutting off of financial links with England produced this coinage issued by prince Edward titled as 'First born of the King of England'. The reverse legend – “God is Judge, Righteous, Strong and Patient" is at odds with the typical motto of Edward's coins, which usually seeks God's protection for the ruler as he wages war against his enemies. The chaise was probably struck during the time when Edward hired himself out as a mercenary to help Pedro the Cruel of Spain regain his throne. Pedro failed to pay the Black Prince the promised money, and Edward's attempt to extract more funds from the French lords under his suzerainty brought about the resumption of the war between England and France. Edward's health broke under the stress of constant campaigning, and he abandoned his fief in 1371, predeceasing his father in 1376.