1 Ban - Vlad II Dracul

Features

Issuer Wallachia (Moldavia and Wallachia)
Voivode Vlad II the Dragon (1437-1442, 1444-1447)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1436-1447
Value 1 Ban = ½ Denar = ⅓ Ducat
Currency Ducat (1364-1714)
Composition Silver
Weight 0.32 g
Diameter 11 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 234792
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References MBR# 253-255
Octavian Luchian, George Buzdugan, Constantin C. Oprescu, Emil Condurachi; 1977. Monede şi bancnote româneşti. Editura Sport-Turism, Bucharest, Romania.

Obverse

Eagle standing left, head right, with cross set under wing.

Reverse

Dragon advancing left, with wings spread.

Mint

Târgovişte, Romania

Comments

The existence of Vlad II Dracul's coinage is known from a commercial charter dated to 1437, in which Vlad granted customs privilege to the merchants of Brasov. The charter mentions that both ducats and bani were struck by him. These coins were first published at the beginning of the 20th century, and the most recent paper dealing with the coinage of Vlad II Dracul recorded only seven specimens of this issue: six in public collections in Romania, and the seventh in the Fitzwilliam Museum (K. Parvan, "Cateva consideratii privind activitatea monetara a lui Vlad Dracul - Considerations Regarding the Coin Minting Activity of Vlad II Dracul," Studii si Cercetari de Numismatica X [1993], p.101-7). Other than these few in public collections, only a handful have appeared on the market.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1436-1447) 

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