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    The First Gold Coinage of Salzburg

    Salzburg - Archbishopric. Pilgrim II von Puchheim (1365-1396) Goldgulden ND MS62 NGC, Salzburg mint, Fr-571, Probszt-46. + PILGRIMVS • ARChIЄSCOPVS, arms within polylobe; rosettes in spandrels / • | S • IOhA | nnЄS • B • P •, St. John standing facing holding scepter. A marvelous specimen of this first gold coinage of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, like so many of the earliest Goldgulden issues of Central Europe a loose imitation of the Florentine Florin. Extremely rare as a type, this example may easily be considered among the finest extant, near-perfectly centered on a well-rounded flan with clear rims around both sides. The surfaces are also remarkable, lustrous and free of distracting marks; the clean fields enticing the eye to sharply detailed devices, St. John in particular. This is a piece destined for the finest of cabinets of late-Medieval or Episcopal gold.

    The reign of Pilgrim II has been subject to a diversity of opinions concerning his effectiveness at governance. Beyond doubt, however, is that he somehow managed to keep Salzburg relatively neutral through the first half of the Great Western Schism of 1378-1417 (outliving both of the initial antagonists) while increasing the territorial holdings and wealth of his office.




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