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Geneva Besieged

247, Lot: 473. Estimate $150.
Sold for $275. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SWITZERLAND, Genf (Geneva). CU 12 Sols (29mm, 8.69 g, 1h). Dated 1590. Coat-of-arms on eight-rayed sun; ornaments between rays / · P · XII ·/ * SOLS */ POVR · LES/ SOLDATS · DE/ GENEVE/ · 1590 ·. Coraggoni pl. XLVII, 22 ; HMZ 2-299; Mailliet p. 159, 1. EF, brown patina with underlying luster, minor flan flaw.

This series was struck during the perennial conflicts of the late 16th century, as Carlo Emanuele of Savoy attempted to prevent Geneva from maintaining its independence. The Italian duke would again fail to take the city by siege in 1602, a victory still celebrated in the annual Fête de l'Escalade.