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Alfonso’s gold marabotin or maravedi
Золотой маработин или мараведи
Presented by
Royal Spanish Mint
Nominal value
20 euro
1,24 g
13,92 mm
Gold 999°
12 000 pcs.
Production quality
Royal Spanish Mint
Royal Spanish Mint
Description of obverse and reverse
This coin reproduces on its obverse placed centrally and outlined by a circle, a reproduction of the obverse of a Spanish maravedi minted under the rule of King Alfonso VIII of Castile. Due to the shortage of gold Islamic coins, Alfonso VIII decided to create the marabotin or maravedi, a copy of the gold dinar struck in Spain by the Almoravids. The coin retained inscriptions in Arabic but had the letters ALF at the bottom and a Christian cross. As a matter of fact, the Arabic inscriptions in the coin make reference to the Catholic religion. This coin was produced in Toledo from 1174 to 1218. The reverse reproduces the reverse side of the same Alphonse VIII gold Maravedi.
A brief annotation
The coin is dedicated to the Battle of Navas de Tolosa, a turning point in the medieval history of Spain.
New issue
№ 3(64) 2023
№ 3(64) 2023
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