Sicily. William II (1166-1189). Æ Trifollaro (12.19 gm). Messina mint.

World Coins - Sicily. William II (1166-1189). Æ Trifollaro (12.19 gm). Messina mint.
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Sicily. William II (1166-1189). Æ Trifollaro (12.19 gm). Messina mint. Obv. head of lion within beaded circle. Rev. Palm tree with dates within beaded circle. Spahr 117 | MIR 36. Good Very Fine-Near Extremely Fine. Bronze, 12.19 gm, 24 mm.
William II (December 1153 – 11 November 1189), called the Good, was king of Sicily from 1166 to 1189. Our understanding of William's character is indistinct. Lacking in military enterprise, secluded and pleasure-loving, he seldom emerged from his palace life at Palermo. Yet his reign is marked by an ambitious foreign policy and a vigorous diplomacy. Champion of the papacy and in secret league with the Lombard cities, he was able to defy the common enemy, Frederick Barbarossa. In the Divine Comedy, Dante places William II in Paradise. He is also referred to in Boccaccio's Decameron (tale IV.4, where he reportedly has two children, and tale V.7). William was nicknamed "the Good" only in the decades following his death. It is due less to his character than to the cessation of the internal troubles that plagued his father's reign and the wars that erupted under his successor. Under the Staufer dynasty his reign was characterised as a golden age of peace and justice. His numeral is contemporary and he himself used it.
World Coins - Sicily. William II (1166-1189). Æ Trifollaro (12.19 gm). Messina mint.
World Coins - Sicily. William II (1166-1189). Æ Trifollaro (12.19 gm). Messina mint.
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