Benefactor robinjojo Posted November 23, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted November 23, 2022 (edited) The coins that we collect, be they ancient or modern, and everything in between, depict rulers in varying degrees of "realism". Of course realism can be a sticky subject. What did Alexander III really look like? How accurate were the Romans in their representation of their emperors and empresses? How much liberty (artistic license) was taken to depict the ruler? While it would be expected that a ruler would wish to convey a handsome, authoritative portrait to his or her subjects, history has plenty examples where realism, or at least an approximation to realism, is the preferred approach. Such is the case of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor from July 1658 to May 1705, the second longest reigning emperor in the long running Hapsburg line. He, like some of his predecessors had a congenital deformation of the jaw, sometimes referred to as the "Hapsburg jaw". This deformation caused the jaw and lower lip to protrude, giving the appearance of an oversized lower lip. With such a deformity, surely a little alternation of a coin portrait or a painting depicting Leopold I would produce a pleasant, if not accurate impression of this important ruler. But this was not to be with Leopold I. Instead his portraits on coins and in paintings all display the deformity in all of its honesty, perhaps to an exaggerated degree with the coins . The theme of this thread is beyond the physical, for truly Leopold was a remarkable man of industry and education, a patron of the arts (and composer) and a leader of an empire embroiled in conflicts with the Ottoman Empire and European powers, notably France under Louis XIV. The War of the Spanish Succession, the costly struggle between the Hapsburg Holy Roman Empire and Bourbon France over the succession of the Spanish throne following the death of Spain's Charles II began towards the later years of his reign. The ensuring peace in 1714, nine years following his death, resulted in a diminished Austria, with the installment of Bourbon Philip V on the Spanish throne and the continued ascendency of France as the dominant European continental power. This is a thaler that arrived today, from World Wide Coins of California, lot 33 in their fall auction. I used to have a couple examples years ago, but they were sold as part of a fundraising effort to buy the house, so the return of Leopold I is a welcomed addition to the world crowns section of the collection. Holy Roman Empire, Leopold I, AR thaler, 1691, Hall Mint (Tyrol). KM 1349; Her 633-634; Dav ECT 3242 28.41 grams What other examples are out there? Thanks! Edited November 23, 2022 by robinjojo 21 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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