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PCI2010 SemiFinals Groups 1-5 VOTING

PCI2010 Semi Finals Groups 1-5 VOTING  

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  1. 1. Send one of these beauties to the PCI2010 FINALS

    • Group 1 Winner: Castulo Semis
      2
    • Group 2 Winner: Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5
      9
    • Group 3 Winner: Scotland James VI Gold Noble of 1588
      2
    • Group 4 Winner: 1799 ½ Scudo, Piedmont Republic
      2
    • Group 5 Winner: Central American Republic, Guatemala Mint, 1/4 Real silver minor. 1837
      4


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bill's Castulo Semis

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Celt-Iberian Castulo Bull. 1st Century B.C. Semis. Exceptionally well preserved.

 

Saor Alba's Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5

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A bit of Anglish booty from south of Hadrian's wall, this Edward III nobel was minted ca. 1364-5 during the brief period of peace while a treaty betwixt the English and French were not slaughtering each other in France. This is reflected on this noble, as it bears Edward III's English and Irish titles, but not the French as were on the previous and subsequent coinages.

 

Whilst contemporary coinages of England and Europe were rather crude and unattractive, these nobles and their fractions were inspired by the gold coinages in Italy, notably Fiorenza(Florence) and England had to best them with this attractive and inspirational piece that would further inspire Scottish coinage during the time.

 

Saor Alba's Scotland, James VI(1567-1625) Gold Noble of 1588

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This piece is an extremely rare and one year type. The coin was worth eleven merks or 146 shillings and 8 pence. Curiously the design is a throwback to earlier English nobles of the 14th century. These pieces were not popular, and were called in and quickly replaced by the sixth coinage. the legend around the periphery of the obverse of the coin is IACOBUS 6 DEI GRATIA REX SCOTORUM or James 6 by the grace of God, King of Scots. The legend on the reverse FLORENT SCEPTRA PIIS REGNA HIS IVOA DAT NUMERATQUE or "Sceptres flourish with the pious, Jehovah gives them the kingdoms and numbers them".

 

elverno's 1799 ½ Scudo, Piedmont Republic

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The Piedmont Republic lasted slightly over 6 months. At the time republics were formed and gone in a drop of the hat and this is one of them. The republic managed to produce a limited amount of coinage before being swallowed into the Subalpine Republic in 1800. There is a short article in Wiki concerning this coinage. While the published mintage for this piece is 300k an expert in Italian coinage once wrote me that the silver coinage of the republic was found on the floor of the mint, swept up, melted and turned into new coinage. There had been a limited release as well as some looting and the actual mintage is probably less than 10k.

 

ElleKitty's Central American Republic, Guatemala Mint, 1/4 Real silver minor. 1837

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The Winner of this part of the SemiFinals and moving onto the FINALS is:

 

Saor Alba's Edward III Nobel ca. 1364-5

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Congratulations Saor and a hearty thanks and congrats to all of the entrants. Wonderful coins.

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