The fifth release in the Medieval Gold Florin series, the commemorative coin “The Gold Forint of Albert Habsburg” The fifth coin of the collector series Gold Florins of Medieval Hungary was the commemorative coin of the gold forint of Albert Habsburg. Albert V, Archduke of Austria and son-in-law of Sigismund of Luxembourg (reign: 1387–1437) was elected King of Hungary on 18 December 1437 and was the first Habsburg to place the Holy Crown of Hungary on his head. Albert (reign: 1437–1439) was king for hardly more than one and a half years. A commemorative coin that’s great for any collection! A memorable, valuable gift for any fan of history! Also great for investors!
Front: The central motif on the front side of the commemorative coin was inspired by the representation of the coat of arms on the obverse of Albert’s second gold florin minted from 1439, which is surrounded by master marks. On the obverse of the mint from the Middle Ages, there is a four-part escutcheon in a circle of beads, the Hungarian stripes, the Czech lion, the Austrian fess and the Moravian eagle inside refer to Albert’s regal titles. The coat of arms is surrounded by a selection of mint and master marks from the reverse sides of gold coins at the time. These marks (clockwise) refer to the following towns and persons: P – Konrád Polner, a lord of the chamber from Körmöcbánya, S – unknown person or minting location, lamb – János Lemmel a lord of the chamber from Szeben, the ligature PR – Miklós Pfeffersach a lord of the chamber from Szeben, and the letter R with a cross – Konrád Rudel a lord of the chamber from Körmöcbánya. The piedfort version is decorated with the Latin inscription ‘ALBERTVS DEI GRATIA REX VNGARIE’ on the edge, meaning ‘Albert, king of Hungary by the grace of God’.
Back:The exterior ring pattern is also found on the back of the commemorative coin, with the legend “ALBERT 1437–1439 ARANYFORINTJA” separated by a rhombus motif on the left and by the master mark of Fanni Király on the right of the coin. The main motif on the reverse is an exact copy of the reverse side of the first type of gold florin minted by King Albert: Standing figure of King Ladislaus, halberd in right hand, orb in left, with a letter H-lamb combination of mint and mint master marks on both sides, of which the first denotes the mint location Szeben (Hermannstadt in German, present-day Sibiu), while the lamb is the emblem of the responsible chamberlain, János Lemmel.
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