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Live auction - bfe_454856 - COMTAT-VENAISSIN - AVIGNON - URBAN VIII (Maffeo Barberini) Demi-franc

COMTAT-VENAISSIN - AVIGNON - URBAN VIII (Maffeo Barberini) Demi-franc XF
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Estimate : 750 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 16:40:55
Type : Demi-franc
Date: 1637
Mint name / Town : Avignon
Metal : silver
Diameter : 28,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 6,61 g.
Rarity : R3
Coments on the condition:
Ce demi-franc est frappé sur un flan irrégulier présentant des faiblesses de frappe. Exemplaire recouvert d’une légère patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : Buste habillé du pape Urbain VIII à droite.
Obverse translation : (Urbain VIII, grand pontife).


Reverse description : Croix fleuronnée fleurdelisée.
Reverse translation : (Cardinal Antoine Barberini, légat d’Avignon).

Historical background

Comtat-VENAISSIN - AVIGNON - URBAN VIII (Maffeo Barberini)


Maffeo Barberini was born in Florence in 1568. Paul V elevated him to the rank of cardinal. He was elected pope in fifty-five years August 6, 1623 and was consecrated September 29, 1623 under the name of Urban VIII. In 1630, he gave the title of eminence to the cardinals and ecclesiastical electors of the Holy Roman Empire. He opposed the policy of Louis XIII and Richelieu during the Thirty Years War. They had in fact sided with the King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolphus, who was one of the great defenders of the Reformation. In 1631, the Duchy of Urbino was met in the areas of the Church. He died in Rome July 29, 1644.

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