Lordship of Asti
Louis of Orléans, King Louis XII of France, Lord of Asti 1465-1498-1515
Francis I, King of France 1515-1547, Lord of Asti 1515-1529
Emperor Charles V, Lord of Asti 1529-1531
Asti became an archbishopry in the 5th century. Its location in Piemont, NW of Italy, facilitated and promoted trade and finances. The town flourished in the middle ages. Apart from inner conflicts, Asti had to withstand aggression from neighbour principalities and from Charles I of Anjou (King of Napels, 1227-1285). Asti switched alliances a number of times: it was leagued to its neighbour margraviate Montferrat (1356-77) but later chose the Visconti as protectors.
Asti was entitled to mint since 1140.
Map of Italy in 1499
Louis as Duke of Orléans, 1465-98
Testone o. J., Asti (about 1490). Ø 28 mm, 9,71 g. CNI p.30 n.29; MIR 60.
Obv.: (lily) LVDOVICVS·DVX·AVRELIANESIS - bust with cap to the left.
Rev.: ·.Z[et cetera]. - ·MEDIOLANI·AC·ASTensis·DomiNu - S·
crowned quartered shield Orléans/Milan between two lilies.
The legend on both sides: "Louis, Duke of Orleans / and Milan and also Lord of Asti"
Louis as King of France, 1498-1515
Testone, Asti (after 1508). Ø 30 mm, 9,28 g. CNI p.36/n.34; MIR 77.
Obv.: (lily) LVDOVIC·D:G·REX·FRANCOrum:SICILiae·IHerosoLymorum* - crowned bust to the left.
Rev.: (lily) MedioLanensIs·DVX·ASTENSISque·QVE·DOMINus - crowned shield of France.
legend on both sides:
"Louis by the grace of God King of France, Sicily and Jerusalem / Duke of Milan, Lord of Asti"
At the time of this coinage, King Louis's claim to Milan had already been enforced.
Testone, Asti. Ø 28 mm, 8,36 g. CNI 42/3(Obv.)+5(Rev.); MIR 97.
Obv.: (lily) ·FRAN·FRAN - ·REX·AC·AST·DNS:
Half-length effigy in armor to the left, a sword in his left and a shield in his right hand.
Rev.: (crown) ·SOLI·DEO·TRINO·E·VNI·GLORIA· "Honor alone God Trinity and Unity" (?)
crowned arms of France between lilies.
Testone, Asti. Ø 30 mm, 9,37 g. CNI 43/2. location: Ermitage, Petersburg.
Obv.: ·CAROLVS·V·IMPERATOR - bust in armor with crown to the left.
Rev.: In laurel wreath: two crowned pillars, water waves and letters A - S - T.
This coin is very similar to a coronation coin from Bologna 1530.
Testone n.d., Asti, gilded. Ø 30 mm, 9,59 g. CNI 43/2. MIR 101.
As before. In addition the engraving M/D-I between the columns on the reverse.
• Corpus Nummorum Italicorum [CNI], vol. II. - Indice vol. II [Page & No. eg.: 87/6 = p.87 n.6]
• Varesi, Alberto [MIR]: Monete Italiane Regionali (MIR-2) - Piemonte, Sardegna, Liguria, Corsica,
Ed. Varesi, 1996