Aragon (1466-70) pacifico Fr-27
"Renao von Anjou, 1466-1472. Pacifico o. J. Barcelona. Sehr selten. Schön-sehr schön. Kleiner Schrötlingsriss und flaue Stelle. (kingdom of Aragon, René of Anjou, 1466-72, undated pacifico, Barcelona mint. Very rare, Fine-very fine, Small flan crack and weakly struck.)"René of Anjou (1409-80) had a long and checkered career. With his power base being the small duchy of Bar, he lacked the finances to support most of his pretensions. According to Wikipedia, he was count of Piedmont, Duke of Bar (1430–80), Duke of Lorraine (1431–53), Duke of Anjou, Count of Provence (1434–80), briefly King of Naples (1435–42; titular 1442–80), titular King of Jerusalem (1438–80) and Aragon including Sicily, Majorca and Corsica (1466–70). This rare gold piece was issued during his attempt to seize the crown of Aragon. Wikipedia notes that René never actually went to Spain but sent his son instead, who gave up after three years after failing to obtain much support. A quarter and half pacifico also exist and are rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .931 fine silver, this specimen 3.32 g.
Catalog reference: Fr-27, Cayón no. 1929.
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