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MICHAEL APAFI - 5 DUCAT 1662

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Apafi Mihaly – 5 ducat 1662 – Hermannstadt / Sibiu / Szeben
Resch 4.
Av: MICHA · APAFI · – D · G · PR · TR ·
Rev: PAR · REG · HVN · D · – · E SICV · CO · 1662 ·

17.44gr.
45mm



Action prices realised:
Numismatica Ars Classica – Auction 28, January 28th, 2005
Price realized: 7,000 CHF (approx. 5,881USD)

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1662

As the Turks prepared for the siege of Kolozsvar, Gabor Haller, Apafi’s ambassador at the High Porte, wrote his brother Janos (Apafi’s treasurer), that if the turks will capture the fortresses by force, the Sultan would consider them his own; while if Emperor Leopold will agree to withdraw the garrisons, he could set certain conditions.

Apafi in the meantime secretly sent messages to Istvan Csaky, and Nadasdy, and the members of the Transylvanian estates were after the same thing, when they addressed an open letter to Palatine Wesselényi, asking him to persuade the emperor to withdraw the garrisons from Transylvania:

“If the mighty Turks lay siege to [the fortresses], the Christians will never get these back; as a consequence, our country will perish, and, within a few months, so will Hungary. […] Having given clear and true warning, we cannot be held responsible for the intensified threat to Christendom if we are to perish; not we, but those who allowed this to happen, will be accountable before the Christian world, for, by sacrificing us, they will have endangered all Christendom”

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