Coins from the Lordship of Alba
"Alba is a municipality of Piedmont, in the hilly area of Langhe. Alba's origins date from before the Roman civilization, connected probably to the presence of Celtic and Ligurian tribes in the area. The modern town occupies the site of ancient Alba Pompeia, recognised as town by the Roman consul Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo. After the fall of the Western Empire, the city was repeatedly sacked by Ostrogoths, Burgundians, Byzantines, Lombards, Franks, Hungarians and Saracens. In the 11th century it became a free city-state, and was a member of the Lombard League. The Montferrat and the Visconti families fought over the town; later it became a possession of the Gonzaga. Charles Emmanuel I of Savoy conquered it twice, while later France and Spain battled for its possession. The Treaty of Cherasco (1631) assigned Alba definitively to Savoy. During Napoleonic Wars, it was part of the Republic of Alba (1796) and of the Subalpine Republic, both French clients, before being annexed to the French Empire in 1802.
The first coins were issued by Alba during the 13th Century, under one of the Marquises of Savoy, of the Carretto branch. Another series of coins was issued between 1533-1536 during the reign of Charles V, but no pieces from this series are known to have survived today."
1 Lira = 20 Soldi = 60 Grossi = 240 Denari
Billon • 0.58 g
CNI II# 1
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