Brunswick-Lüneburg, under William of Lüneburg (aka William Longsword, William of Winchester), 1195–1213 AD, Lüneburg mint. Obv: Welf lion passant l. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 22mm, 0.55g. Ref: Berger 373; Bonhoff 77. To give you some historical context: The political situation in high medieval Germany was characterized by the rivalry between the two most powerful families of the realm, the House of Hohenstaufen and the House of Welf. My bracteate was minted for a protagonist of the Welf faction, William Longsword. It displays the insignia of this dynasty, the Welf lion. William Longsword (1184–1213) was the youngest son of Henry the Lion, the great Welf rival of the Hohenstaufen emperor Frederick Barbarossa, and the English princess Matilda. Since his father had gone into exile to England in 1181 after his uprising against the emperor had failed, William was born in Winchester and raised at the court of Richard the Lionheart. After the death of Henry the Lion in 1195, William and his elder brothers Henry and Otto, the later German king Otto IV, returned to Germany and took possession of the Welf allodial lands in Saxony. The Welf imperial ambitions were foiled once more, though, this time by the Hohenstaufen prince Frederick II, who ousted king Otto in 1215. William, on the other hand, ruled quite succesfully over the area around Lüneburg and married the Danish princess Helena, effectively securing a future for the Welf family. After seeing @AnYangMan 's and @lordmarcovan 's beautiful William Longsword bracteates here on CT, I had wanted to add one to my own collection, too – and I'm happy to now have found such a nice example. Please feel free to show your bracteates, Welf vs. Hohenstaufen coins, or ancient and medieval lions!