||Johann Hunyadi (Regent, 1446-53) Goldgulden c.1446, Fr-14, Huszar-615, Rethy-154A, AU55 NGC. Obv. + IOHAn?S ? D ? h ? W ? R ? VnGARI? ? GV ?, quartered arms of Hungary-Hunyadi in beaded border. Rev. ? S ? LADISL | AVS ? R?X ?, St. Ladislaus standing facing, an axe in his right hand and an orb in his left; an "n" and shield on either side. A very well-centered example with the full beaded border on both sides of the flan. With just one small area of weakness to each side, the devices remain sharp with tiny deposits in a portion of the legend. This issue is very scarce, having only been produced for perhaps six months to a year after Johann's election as regent for Ladislaus V in June of 1446. Ladislaus would remain a prisoner of the Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich III until 1452, the year before Johann relinquished his regency. Hunyadi spent most of his career warding off the advances of the Ottoman Empire. While defeated at the Battle of Varna and the second Battle of Kosovo, Hunyadi was ultimately successful. The apex of his struggle was his victory at the Siege of Belgrade in 1456. He died of a plague that broke out in his encampment just weeks after breaking the siege.
Realized $14,100.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.