Catalonia 1521 2 principats Fr-35
"SPAIN. CATALONIA. Juana and Carlos, 1516-1555. 2 Principats, 1521. Letters BK appear sideways over facing crowned busts divided by scepter, legend + IOANNA ET CAROLVS REGES ARAGONVM. Rv. Broad open coronet divides COMITES BARCELINONE. P.V. 1521, circle surrounds an eight-pointed shield bearing the devices of Aragon, Sicily and Jerusalem. Portraying Carlos I (later Emperor Charles V) and his mentally ill mother Juana la Loca, this coin of the Barcelona Mint emphasizes their titles as Counts of Barcelona, and by extension recalls the Mediterranean empire of Aragon before the hegemony of Castile overshadowed the other regions of Spain. The Double Principat was equal to the Gold Corona, Escudo or Double Ducado. This general type (Cayón tipo 38) exists in several varieties, of which this is the rarest. The present coin also has the distinction of being the finest known of this desirable type and will repay the most careful study. Extremely Fine and near Choice."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Fr-35, Cayón-3153.
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