“Augustalis” of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

Attempting to renew the Roman Empire, Frederick II Hohenstaufen issued a new gold coin called an “Augustalis” modeled on the gold coins of ancient Rome. The reverse bears an eagle, the imperial symbol, and an inscription with Frederick’s name. The portrait and inscription on the obverse link Frederick with Caesar Augustus.

“Augustalis” of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (r. 1215–50), Gold, Italian

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