STEFAN V (ISTVAN) AR OBOL BY JEWISH MINTMASTER
Huszar 358, Very Fine, 9.6mm, .20 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 with a CLEAR Aleph!
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!