HUNGARY silver coronation medallet 1653


HUNGARY, medallet, 1653, Obverse: crown & palms, FERDINAND : IV HVG : ET . BÖHE : REX . CORON : IN . REG : ROMAN : XXIII . IVNY . 16 . 53 ., Reverse: radiant scepter piercing clouds, ribbon on which PRO DEO ET POPVLO, silver, 12.59g, 1.24g, 3 kreuzer size, hole, VF

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He was son of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III. He died a year after his coronation as King of Hungary and Bohemia.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.