10 Gold Ducat - Mihai Viteazul

Features

Issuer Wallachia (Moldavia and Wallachia)
Voivode Michael II the Brave (1593-1601)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1600
Value 10 Gold Ducat (200)
Currency Ducat (1364-1714)
Composition Gold
Weight 35 g
Diameter 40 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 224909
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)

Obverse

Front-facing bust of Michael the Brave wearing a fur hat with a brooch and plume and an embroidered mantle.

Lettering: MICHAEL : VAL TRANS : VAIW : S C RÆ : M : CONS : PER

Unabridged legend: Michael, Valachiae Transalpinae Vaiwoda, Sacrae Caesarae Regiacque Maiestatie Consiliarius, per

Translation: Of Michael, Voivode of the Transalpine Wallachia, Councillor of his sacred imperial and royal's majesty

Reverse

Inscription in eight lines.

Lettering:
TRANSYL : LOCVMET : CIS : TRAN : PAR : EI SVP : EXER GE : CAP
: A : D :
VIGILAN
TIA VIRTV
TE : ET ARMI
S : VICTORI
AM : NACT
🙥 VS 🙦
1600 :
ᔕᔓ

Unabridged legend: Transylvaniam Locumtenensis, cis Transylvaniam partiumque ei subiectarum exercitus generalis Capitaneus; Anno Domini 1600 vigilantia, virtute et armis nactus.

Translation: Lieutenant in Transylvania, general commander of the army this side of Transilvania and of its subjected parts. In AD 1600 won the victorz through virtue, vigilance and arms.

Mint

Baia Mare / Frauenbach / Groß-Neustadt / Nagybánya, Romania

Comments

A single known piece exists in the National Musum of Budapest. These pieces were issued at the beginning of 1600 for the payment of the mercenary troops used by Michael II in his campaign in Moldova.
In the 19th century, Appel & Lang and Carl Wilhelm Becker struck a series of fakes in gold and silver.

Mint master: Friedrich Herberstein

References:
[1] C. Moisil - "Medaliile lui Mihai Viteazul", BSNR 15, 1920, pages 1-20;
[2] Ș. D. Tănăsescu, "Despre medalia lui Mihai Viteazul", BSNR 67-69, 1973-1975, pages 235-252;
[3] O. Iliescu - "Moneta-medalie emisă de Mihai Viteazul (1600). Identificarea exemplarelor originale", SCN 10, 1993, pages 143-154;

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1600 

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