A 1491 Uniface Scherf

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  1. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    @Orielensis This while not a bracteate like yours, is also uniface
    but with a date (14)91. The image is upside down. It is a uniface
    Scherf from Erfurt, a German town. Only 2-3 known.
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  3. Lueds

    Lueds Active Member

    @tibor is this your baby?
    kountryken, +VGO.DVCKS and panzerman like this.
  4. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    @Lueds Yes it is. I won it a couple of years ago.

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    Remarkable, @tibor. Do you have a pic of the reverse? As high as the relief is, I'm picturing 'ghosting' that might be reminiscent of bracteates, at least.
  6. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    @+VGO.DVCKS At this time I do not have pics of the reverse.
  7. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    An interesting coin! I very much like your focus on early dated coinage.

    I'd call your coin a bracteate, though. The term "bracteate" mainly refers to the technique of striking high-relief, uniface coins from very thin planchets. In high medieval central Europe, many mints produced just a single type of coin without having different denominations. Thus, technical descriptions like "bracteate" or "dickpfennig" are often used instead of just calling these coins a "regional pfennig."

    "Scherf," on the other hand, is a name for a specific late medieval denomination (half of a pfennig). Here are some more early modern coins that technically are bracteates but have their own denomination names:

    Frühe Neuzeit – Deutschland etc., Köln, Möhrchen.png
    Cologne, City, BI heller ("möhrchen"), ca. 1676–1677 AD. Obv: three crowns (arms of Cologne) above line and tendril. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 11mm, 0.15g. Ref: Noss 486.

    Frühe Neuzeit - Deutschland etc., Kamenz, Kipperhohlpfennig.png
    Kamenz, City, CU "kipperpfennig", 1622 AD. Obv: eagle's wing with clover, value number "I". Rev: negative design (bracteate). 12mm, 0.16g. Ref: Slg. Merseburger 2753; Rahnenführer/Krug 271.

    MA – Deutschland etc., Basel, Stadt, Rappen mit Baselstab.png
    Basel, City and Canton, AR "rappen," 17th c. Obv: crosier ("Baselstab") in shield with three v-shaped ornaments; all in dotted border. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 17.5 mm, 0.27g. Ref: HMZ 2–89a.
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