Stefan V (Istvan) AR Obol, Hungary, by Jewish Mintmaster with Hebrew letter "Aleph", AVF, 1270 - 1272 C.E.

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STEFAN V (ISTVAN) AR OBOL BY JEWISH MINTMASTER, 1270 - 1272 C.E.

Huszar 358, Very Fine, edge defects, 9.6mm, .22 gram 

Obverse: Crowned King's head to left, M UNGARIE around
 
Reverse: Two birds facing each other; "ALEPH" in center
 
A SCARCE coin for a short lived ruler, nicely centered!
 
The early kings of Hungary employed Jewish mintmasters until the late 13th Century. Although their identities remain unknown, their mintmarks which are assumed to be their initials remain on some of the coins they designed. An intriguing tiny historical silver coin!