Archbishopric of Riga

Albert, 1199-1229

The first Bishop Albert issued the mint privilege in 1211 to support the trading relations with other countries. The bracteates, found at Martinsala castle, Latvia, were struck in Latvia in 13th century. The numismatic investigation and metal analysis confirms this conclusion.
Mint: Riga.
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PFENNIG (Bracteate)

Type I

Pfennig, ND
Data: Ag, 0.13-0.17 g, 11.0-14.0 mm
Description: Facing bust of Bishop with contramark W.
Coinage: ND(possibly struck between 1211 and 1229)
References:
Note: Possibly struck by Visbia merchants in Riga.

Type II

Pfennigs 2, ND
Data: Ag, 0.13-0.17 g, 12.0-14.0 mm
Description: Facing bust with cross in the right hand and sceptre in the left hand.
Coinage: ND(possibly struck between 1211 and 1229)
References: Hal/97.402, 403

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