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Lot 718

Estimate: 750 CHF   |   Starting price: 750 CHF Price realized: 1'750 CHF
The Knights of St. John in Malta. Martin Garzes, 53rd Grand Master, 1595-1601. Zecchino, n.d. AV 3.40 g. F.MARTINVS - GARZIS The Grand Master kneeling l., receiving from St. John, nimbate and standing r., staff with the flag of th Order; in field, M/H and rosette. Rev. . DA MICHI.VIRTV. - CONTRA.HOSTES Within mandorla, Christ nimbate, standing facing, holding Book of Gospels in his l. hand, his r. hand raised in benediction; in field l., four stars, r. five stars. Azzopardi, Malta 726; Fr. 9; Restelli-Sammut 75, 6; Schembri 69, 3.
Almost extremely fine
Provenance: Auction Helga P.R. Blaser-Frey, Freiburg XIII (1964), 156.
Grand Master Martin Garzes, 1595-1601.
Garzes’ reign seems to have been one of consolidation and reconciliation within the Order, freeing it from the jealousies and dissensions that had been the norm earlier. The one major event during his tenure was a raid by the Turks on Gozo in 1597. It was, however, soundly defeated by the Knights who forced the Ottoman troops back to their ships, which then immediately set sail for Algiers. Garzes’ coinage consists of gold, extremely rare silver, and copper.

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