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

Lot nuber 1160

ITALY, Sicilia (Regno). Federico I (Federico II, Sacro Romano Impero). 1198-1250. AV Augustale (20.5mm, 5.28 g, 6h). Messina mint. Struck circa 1231-1250.


Triton XXIII – Session Four – World Coinage Part II, British Coinage and Medals, and Large Lots
Lot: 1160.
 Estimated: $ 15 000

World, Gold

Sold For $ 19 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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ITALY, Sicilia (Regno). Federico I (Federico II, Sacro Romano Impero). 1198-1250. AV Augustale (20.5mm, 5.28 g, 6h). Messina mint. Struck circa 1231-1250. • CЄSAR AVG • • IMP ROM •, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / + FRIDE RICVS, eagle standing left, head right, with wings spread. MIR 59; Spahr 98; MEC 14, 514; Friedberg 134 (Brindisi). Underlying luster, evidence of having been placed in a bezel. Choice EF.

Frederick II Hohenstaufen, “Stupor Mundi” (Wonder of the World), was the most enlightened ruler of the medieval Europe. Besides encouraging the study of both the ancient and natural worlds, Frederick was instrumental in improving relations with the Muslims, negotiating free access to Christian holy sites in Palestine, where all Crusader armies had been unsuccessful. One of his innovations was a gold coinage comparable in style and quality to the gold of the ancient Caesars. The classical motifs proclaimed his inheritance of the legacy of Rome, and the augustale and its fractions were issued concurrently with the publication of the Constitution of Melfi, his codification of Norman law meant to follow the famous Roman law codes. These coins were struck until Frederick's death in 1250, and may have been continued by his successors for about another fifteen years.

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.