Ursus Posted July 8, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted July 8, 2022 (edited) This is only my second bracteate purchase this year, and I thought it deserved a small write-up: Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg, under Udalschalk von Eschenlohe, AR bracteate, ca. 1184–1202. Obv: bishop seated facing on arc, wearing mitre, holding crosier and book. Rev: incuse design (bracteate). 24mm, 0.87g. Ref: Berger 2631; Slg. Bonhoff 1893; Steinhilber 56. My coin was minted for the Prince-Bishopric of Augsburg under bishop Udalschalk of Eschenlohe. In the historical sources, Udalschalk first appears in 1168 as deacon and 1169 as dean of Augsburg cathedral. In early 1184, he was unanimously elected bishop. In the following years, he kept close ties to emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Different imperial charter list Udalschalk as a witness present at Barbarossa's court. In 1184, the betrothal of Barbarossa's son Henry VI to Constance of Sicily was celebrated in Augsburg, and in 1187, Barbarossa attended in person when Udalschalk consecrated a new church in his bishopric. In the civil war after Barbarossa's death in 1190, Udalschalk supported the Staufen king Philip of Swabia against his Welf rivals but died of natural courses before the conflict ended. The coin above shows Udalschalk – or a generic bishop – with episcopal regalia. Apart from mitre, crosier, and book, the seated figure also wears a pontifical dalmatic. On a more technical note, the marks on the reverse of my bracteate shows how the flan was produced by hammering and rolling a square piece of metal into a round shape. This is typical for late 12th century Augsburg and other Bavarian bracteates. Coins from other German regions, for example Saxony and Brandenburg, were usually struck from round flans punched or cut out from large sheets of silver and thus don't have these marks. Please show your bracteates, episcopal coins or recent medieval purchases! Edited July 8, 2022 by Ursus 12 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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