AR 10 Krajczar, 1872 KB (Kremnitz mint). Diameter 18mm. FERENCZ JOZSEF I· K· A· CS· ES M· H· S· D· O· AP· KIR· around his laureate head right. R. VALTO PENZ above crown†, value and date. KM 451.1 Good VF*
*US customers please note that this is strict British grading and that our GVF = US EF 40
The inscription VALTO PENZ translates as 'valid currency'.
†The magnificent holy crown of Hungary, also known as the crown of Saint Stephen, is made of gold with enamel panels. It has been used during the coronation of more than fifty Hungarian kings from the twelfth century up to 1916, when the last king to be crowned was Karl IV. Indeed no Hungarian king was regarded as being truly legitimate unless he had been crowned with it. Those kings who were not so sanctified with it are John II Sigismund, Gabriel Bethlen, and Joseph II.
The enamel panels on the crown are mainly, perhaps entirely of Byzantine work, presumed to have been made in Constantinople in the 1070s. The crown was given by the Byzantine Emperor Michael VII Dukas (1071-78) to King Géza I of Hungary (1074-77). both of whom are depicted and named in Greek script on enamel plaques on the band of the crown.
The crown has been on display in the Hungarian parliament building since 2000.
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HUNGARY - Franz Joseph I - silver coin - 10 Krajczar 1872 - Kremnitz mint -
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