The coin presented on this page fills a hiatus in the Walachian numismatics, making the connection - from the typological point of view - between the ducats issued by Vladislav II and the ducats of Radu III the Fair (the principal period when Vlad III ruled over Walachia - 1456-1462 - took place between their reigns); clearly mentioning the name of Vlad voivod, the legend indicates as unique possible issuer the voivod Vlad III Tepes (the Impaler, a.k.a. Dracula), son of Vlad II the Devil. The coin was probably issued between 1456 and 1462.
Coat of arms of the voivod inside an inner linear circle: a shield split vertically; inside the first field a waxing half moon (i.e. a properly called crescent) and a six ray star below it, inside the second field three horizontal bars; outer pearl circle
Legend: +IO VLAD VOIVωD GN (with Cyrillic letters)
Walachian coat of arms - mountain eagle
(or vulture) perched on a helmet with panache at left and right (poor engraving)
(Bogdan Costin - specialist in medieval Romanian coins)
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