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Order of Malta (Knights of St. John), countermark of three fleurs-de-lis in shield (Alof de Wignacou

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / World Coins - World Start Price:450.00 USD Estimated At:500.00 - 750.00 USD
Order of Malta (Knights of St. John), countermark of three fleurs-de-lis in shield (Alof de Wignacou
SOLD
900.00USDto johandewitt + (135.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2010 Apr 08 @ 21:29UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Order of Malta (Knights of St. John), countermark of three fleurs-de-lis in shield (Alof de Wignacourt, 1601-22) on a Zeeland, United Netherlands, "lion" daalder, 1599. 25.9 grams. By the mid-1600s the Dutch lion daalder had become the preferred trading coin in the eastern Mediterranean, and in order to certify genuine examples from fakes seized from Turkish vessels, the Grand Master of Malta ordered a countermark with his arms (three fleurs-de-lis) to be stamped on the good coins, a somewhat rare and popular issue in today's market. The host coin is Fine, with weak spots but clear details all over, lightly toned, with what appears to be a small (old) test mark near the edge to further attest to its history.