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Auction: 23006 - The Official COINEX Auction at Spink
Lot: 581

The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection | Austria, Charles VI (1711-1740), Birth of Prince Leopold, AR Medal, 1716 [Chronogram], by Martin Brunner, ELIZABETHA CHRIST. ROMAN : AVGVSTA, bust of the Empress Elizabeth Christine of Brunswick-Lüneburg right, MB on truncation, rev. LAETA NOVA ! OVA AFFERT PASCHALIA MVNDO., eagle on her nest atop a tower, LEOPOLD, ARCHID. AVSTR. PRINC. ASTVR. NATVS XIII APR. II FERIA PASCH. in exergue in four lines, 36mm, 14.81g, 12h (Brockmann 387; Julius 981 [AE]: Montenuovo 1453), some light bagmarks, otherwise with a residual lustre and rich cabinet tone to the legends, thus good very fine or better, rare


The Wilhelm Hüffer (1821-1895) Collection of European Coins and Medals

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The birth of Prince Leopold in 1716 had long been awaited by his parents Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. After seven years of marriage, the arrival of an heir to the House of Habsburg was met with great fanfare and national celebration. Numerous medals were struck, while the Austrian composer Johann Joseph Fux was charged with composing an opera to mark the event. Despite this, Prince Leopold was to be the last-born male heir to the House of Habsburg and sadly died aged only seven months in November 1716.

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