Medieval Transylvania.
Vlad the Impaler! The real "Count Dracula" 1386-1418 AD

Vlad Tepes of the House of Basarab was a real, historical prince. He ruled Wallachia in Romania from 1456 to 1462 AD. The name Dracul(a), meaning little dragon, was inherited from his famous father, Vlad Dracul, who fought alongside Sigismund of Hungary in war against the Turks.

Sigismund bestowed his thanks upon Dracul by knighting him into the Dragon Order, which was created to fight for both Christianity and the Hungarian king. His son Dracula (+a meaning "son of" Dracul) swore his life to bloody warfare against the Islamic Turkish invaders of his Chrisitan homeland. Refusing to submit to his bitter enemies, he put 20,000 of them to death in his six year reign. One gruesome story recounts that when the Turkish Sultan's emissaries refused to remove their helmets in his presence, Vlad Dracula sent all of their heads back to the Sultan with their helmets nailed on with iron spikes. His brutal ways brought upon him the nickname "The Impaler" and his bloodlust was known throughout Europe in the 14th century.

Circulated during the lifetime and reign of Vlad Tepes as he minted no coins of his own.


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler. Silver Ducat. Split shield with coat of arms (three bars and sigla) of the Basarab family inside an inner pearl circle. Legend: +IORADOLROLVS, Sigla (IO RADOLUS WAEWODA "Me Radu Voivod") / Walachian coat of arms - mountain eagle perched on a plummed helmet. Sigla (P) in left field. Legend: +IORADOLVSL. Sigla P (IO RADOLUS "Me Radu..."). 17 mm, 0.63 g. ref: MBR.52. Rare! ex-Philip Stankov, Munz und Antiquitatenhandel, Vienna, Austria. #CM2017: $399

Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler. Silver Ducat. Split shield with coat of arms (three bars and sigla) of the Basarab family inside an inner pearl circle. Legend: +IORADOLROLVS, Sigla (IO RADOLUS WAEWODA "Me Radu Voivod") / Walachian coat of arms - mountain eagle perched on a plummed helmet. Sigla (P) in left field. Legend: +IORADOLVSL. Sigla P (IO RADOLUS "Me Radu..."). 16 mm, 0.68 g. ex-Pavlos Pavlou, numismatist, UK. #CM2040: $399


Mircea the Elder, 1386-1418 AD. Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler! Excellent silver ducat. Mircea standing facing, holding spear and globus cruciger. Slavic legend: +I-WM-dVAB ("Io Mircea Voevod") / Wallachian crest (eagle standing left, head right, on helmet) upon the crest of the Bassaraba family. Privy mark 'P' inside right shield field, legend: I-IWM-dVAB ("Io Mircea Voevod"). 14 mm, 0.32 g. VF. ref: MBR p. 26/201 var. Extremely rare! ex-Filip Stankov collection, Austria. RARE!!! #CM2029: $499


Mircea the Elder, 1386-1418 AD. Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler! Excellent silver ducat. Mircea standing facing, holding spear and globus cruciger. Slavic legend: +I-WM-dVAB ("Io Mircea Voevod") / Wallachian crest (eagle standing left, head right, on helmet) upon the crest of the Bassaraba family. Privy mark 'P' inside right shield field, legend: I-IWM-dVAB ("Io Mircea Voevod"). VF. ref: MBR p. 26/201 var. Extremely rare! 15 mm, 0.41 g. Great detail - about as good as they come, but cracked in antiquity. #CM2047: $499


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Grandfather of Vlad the Impaler. Silver Ducat. Split shield with coat of arms (three bars and sigla) of the Basarab family inside an inner pearl circle. Legend: +IORADOLROLVS, Sigla ("Me Radu Voivod") / Walachian coat of arms - mountain eagle perched on a plummed helmet. Sigla (P) in left field. Legend: +IORADOLVSL. Sigla P ( "Me Radu..."). 15 mm, 0.35 g. #CM2052: $399


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. 13 mm, 0.66 g. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD).
#47181: $199


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD). 13.5 mm, 0.52 g. #CM2019: $250


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD). 13 mm, 0.48 g. #CM2033: $199


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. 13 mm, 0.47 g. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD).
#47180: $175


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD). 14 mm, 0.60 g. #CM2036: $199
SOLD


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD). 13.5 mm, 0.79 g. #CM2035: $175
SOLD


Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. 13 mm, 0.71 g. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD).
#47178: $199
SOLD

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Wallachia, Romania -- formerly Transylvania. Silver ducat minted under Mircea the Elder, grandfather of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler."
obverse: Eagle standing on a helmet with cross-shaped nose guard, large letter to left /
reverse: Dracul family crest/coat of arms on shield. Average 14-16 mm diamter.


Mircea the Elder, grandfather of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler"
Nice silver ducat. 15 mm, nice detail and good "cabinet tone." Sharp detail on the eaghe's feathers and the cross on the helmet. #vlad
4307: $275 SOLD

Mircea the Elder, grandfather of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler"
Beautiful silver ducat. 16 mm, killer coin with sharp details! Unusual with this high relief and lustrous surface. #vlad
4313: $325 SOLD


Mircea the Elder, grandfather of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler"
Nice silver ducat. 15 mm, lovely coin with good details!
#vlad
4377: $250 SOLD



Mircea the Elder, grandfather of Vlad Tepes "The Impaler"
Nice silver ducat. 15 mm, a very nice coin with sharp details and nice grey tone (not evident in this washed-out photo). Small area of green encrustation on back. #vlad
4341: $299 SOLD

Great (modern) medal featuring Vlad Tepes "The Impaler."
38 mm proof in excellent condition. Metal plated with 24-karat gold. #540: $95
SOLD

Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. 13 mm, 0.58 g. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD).
#47177: $250
SOLD

Transylvania (Wallachia, Romania). Radu I, 1377-1383 AD.
Bronze Bani. Sunburst with Latin and Cyrillic letters / Cross with four 6-ray stars, within dotted border. 14 mm, 0.66 g. ref: MBR 78a. Radu I was the brother of Vladislav I Vlaicu-Voda (1364 - 1377 AD), father of Mircea "the Old" 1355–1418 AD, and grandfather of Vlad III "the Impaler" (1431–1476 AD).
#47179: $225
SOLD