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half gros type IV - Alexander the Good
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half gros (half groat) from Alexander the Good (type IV) - obverse half gros (half groat) from Alexander the Good (type IV) - reverse
11.7 mm diameter, ? g, copper or billon
Obverse Moldavian coat of arms: urus head bearing a five ray star between its horns, the uneven ray pointing down, waning crescent at left and five petal rose at right, the odd petal pointing down (heraldic positioning)

Reverse shield split vertically; three bars at right and five fleurs-de-lis at left arranged 2-2-1 (heraldic positioning); over the shield the Moldavian urus having at heraldic left a waning crescent (in the missing portion of the coin a five petal rose); partially visible outer pearl circle

This half groat was struck by Alexander the Good, prince of Moldavia between 1400 and 1432. The medieval coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of an anonimous donor.


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