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Holy Roman Empire, Cleves (Duchy) - John II, Goldgulden 1503, Emmerich

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Holy Roman Empire, Cleves (Duchy)

John II, 1481-1521
Goldgulden 1503, Emmerich
Obv.: Coat of arms on an outlined trefoil combined with a triangle, within a beaded circle
(cross-crosslet) IOhS´ (star) DVX (star) CLIVEN´(star) Z (star) CO (star) MA (star) (date)
Rev.: Saint Martin standing, holding staff
S´(star) MARTIN´ - PATRO (star) E´RIO

VG/F

Au (1.91 g, 22 mm, 10 h)
Fr. 1375, Schulten 1449

The coat of arms is uncommon for Cleves, and originates from the illegitimate and eventually unsuccesful claim of John II on the inheritance of his mother-in-law through his wife Mathilde of Hesse. This also explains the irregularity in the gold content (12 carat instead of 18 carat), resulting in a lower weight compared with other Goldguldens of the period. Catalogued in Friedberg at $3000 in VF