Slavonia, Silver Denar (Banovac*), 1235-1270
King Bela IV, King of Hungary (1235-1270)
Con/ Extremely Fine/Mint State
Obverse/ +MONETA REGIS SCLAVONIA; Marten running left, six-pointed star above and below.
Reverse/ Patriarchal cross flanked with star and crescent moon, two small lily flowers, and two birds facing right and left; below, crowned heads facing each other
Pakrac or Zagreb Mint
Seller's Note/ *Banovac or Banski Denar is the name of coins struck and used in Croatia between 1235 and 1384. The name is derived from two words, ban and denarius. The word ban is a title of nobility used in Croatia, and roughly translates as "viceroy", whereas denarius is Latin for coins minted by the Roman Empire.
Banovac included the image of a marten (Croatia: kuna) due to the fact that marten pelts were highly valued goods used as a form of payment in Slavonia, the Croatian Littoral, and Dalmatia. This was one of the reasons for naming the current currency of the Republic of Croatia the Kuna.
As seen in the photo, this issue is in remarkable condition and you'll never see another like it!