SPAIN, Aragon. Alfonso V el Magnánimo (the Magnanimous).
|Sale: Triton XIII, Lot: 1931. Estimate $100.
Closing Date: Monday, 4 January 2010.
Sold For $150. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
1416-1458. BI Dinero (0.96 g, 3h). Menorca mint. + ALFOnSUS · RЄX : (double annulet stop), crowned bust left / + mInORICHARUm, coat-of-arms of Aragón within quatrelobe; annulets in corners. ME 2151; Crusafont 405 var-2. VF, a few deposits.
From the Leonard O. Greenfield Collection.
The son of Ferdinando I de Aragon and Eleanor de Alburquerque, Alfonso V de Aragon became one of the most prominent figures in the Renaissance as well as a knight in the Order of the Dragon. Initially the chosen heir of Jeanne d’Anjou, the Queen of Napoli, their allegiance suddenly worsened and Alfonso eventually abandoned those prospects for over a decade until after Jeanne’s death, mounting an attack upon her successor, René I d’Anjou. Once he had been driven back to France, Alfonso was able hold not only the kingdom of Napoli, but also Sardegna.