ITALY URBINO Guidobaldo II 1538-74 armellino


ITALY, URBINO, Guidobaldo II, 1538-74, armellino, no date (1560 AD), Obverse: ermine R, .E. below, GVI VBALDVS VRB DVX IIII, Reverse: horseman with spear R, S CRESCENTIVS VRBINI, silver, 18mm, 1.05g, Cavicchi-124, wavy planchet, VG-F

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Urbino is a city in the foothills of the Appenines in norteastern central Italy. It was ruled as a Duchy, then by the Papacy, then as an independent commune, then more more dukes, then back to the Papacy. The Piedmont army took it from the Pope and it became part of the new united Kingdom of Italy.

After the devolution of the Western Roman Empire into a German kingdom the Italian peninsula went through about 1800 years of disunity and foreign conquest before the War of Unification in the 1860s.

The political arrangements that resulted in the nations of modern Europe began to emerge out of local autonomy starting in the 7th century AD or so. Europe, for our purposes, stretches from Greenland to somewhere in Russia. Collectors of Europe would likely include Russia. Collectors of Asia, even though about 2/3 of Russia is in Asia, probably not.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.