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E-auction 359-272513 - bfe_578482 - ARDENNES - PRINCIPALITY OF ARCHES-CHARLEVILLE - CHARLES II GONZAGA Double tournois, légende à douze heures, 2e effigie

ARDENNES - PRINCIPALITY OF ARCHES-CHARLEVILLE - CHARLES II GONZAGA Double tournois, légende à douze heures, 2e effigie F
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Estimate : 8 €
Price : 8 €
Maximum bid : 8 €
End of the sale : 02 March 2020 14:57:30
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Double tournois, légende à douze heures, 2e effigie
Date: 1639
Mint name / Town : Charleville
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,72 g.
Coments on the condition:
Ce double tournois est frappé sur un flan irrégulier et est légèrement décentré. Exemplaire usé présentant des faiblesses de frappe et ayant été nettoyé
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : * CHARLES. II. DVC. D. [MANT. S. DAR].
Obverse description : Buste de Charles II tête nue, drapé et le col en dentelle, à droite.
Obverse translation : (Charles II duc de Mantoue souverain d’Arches).


Reverse legend : + DOVBLE. D. LA. SO[V. DAR. 1639].
Reverse description : Trois lis posés 2 et 1, entouré des armes d’Alençon.
Reverse translation : (Double de la souveraineté d’Arches).

Historical background



Grandson of Charles I of Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and builder of Charleville, Charles II was only seven years old when his grandfather died. His father Charles de Gonzague died in 1631 leaving him and a sister Éléonore who would marry Emperor Ferdinand III. It was his mother, Marie de Gonzague, daughter of François II and cousin of his father, who was regent. He married Isabelle-Claire, daughter of Archduke Leopold of Austria and Claude de Medici, in 1649, with whom he had only one son, Charles III Ferdinand. He made only short visits to Charleville, residing more often in Mantua or Paris. In 1659, he sold his duchies of Nevers, Rethel, Mayenne, etc. to Mazarin. and retained only the sovereign land of Arches with the city of Charleville. He died in 1665.

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