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Lot 703

German States -- Thuringen. Bracteate / Ritterbrakteat, ND. Cf. Peus Bonhoff Sale 293, lot 1334. 0.49 grams. Hermann I, 1190-1217. The Count fully armored on similarly accoutered horse left, holding spear and triangular shield with blazon; within inscribed (?) double-beaded border. Reverse: Incuse of obverse. A better strike, and remarkably free of the usual creases and crinkles seen on these fragile coins. A few minor edge cracks, with negligible loss at 9 o'clock. Beautiful old iridescent bull's-eye toning -- darkest at edges, lightest at center; the reverse mostly with light toning. (Too large for holder). NGC graded Uncirculated.

The primitive bracteates, with their striking weaknesses, are an excellent indication of the deterioration of the technology of medieval Europe. Here is an exceptional representation of the type.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.

Realized $690

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