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Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots

Lot nuber 1077

GERMANY, Aachen. Civic issues. AR Jungheitgroschen (26.5mm, 2.17 g, 7h). In the name of the Holy Roman emperor Charlemagne. Aachen mint. Dated 1375 (in Roman numerals).


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1077.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

World, Silver

Sold For $ 5 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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GERMANY, Aachen. Civic issues. AR Jungheitgroschen (26.5mm, 2.17 g, 7h). In the name of the Holy Roman emperor Charlemagne. Aachen mint. Dated 1375 (in Roman numerals). KΛROLVS mΛGnVS InPЄRΛT, crowned facing half-length bust of Charlemagne, holding tridentine scepter in right hand and globus cruciger in left; imperial coat-of-arms below; double saltire stops / + XP : VInCI : XP : RЄGn AnO : DnI IMPЄRAT/MOn ЄTΛ IVnC hЄIT, large cross pattée; two stars after ЄTΛ. Grierson, Coins of Medieval Europe 363 var. (date); Levinson I-4a; Menadier 95; Föschner 64-6. Toned, slight weakness in center, minor ghosting. Near VF.

From the Richard A. Jourdan Collection of Medieval European Coins, purchased from Charles H. Wolfe, III, 1996.

The city of Aachen had been an important imperial town since the time of Charlemagne, when he spent his first Christmas there after being crowned king in 768. The chapel he ordered constructed there housed both his throne and his tomb, making the town the logical location for subsequent Carolingian coronations, and an important center for the Kings of the Germans. Consequently, Aachen remained an imperial city through much of the Middle Ages.

In 1360/1 the city was entrusted by the emperor to Wilhelm II, a member of the younger branch of the Dukes of Jülich. To commemorate this appointment in 1372, jungheitgroschen, so called from the German “Jungheit” in the legend, were minted. The inclusion of the Roman numeral date on these issues, like this specimen, make them the first dated German coinage. The meaning of “Jungheit” remains in dispute: either the term refers to the ascendancy of the younger branch in their acquisition of Aachen, or to the temporary status of the mint, independent of imperial control.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots will be held Wednesday afternoon, 15 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.