Quarting: coin from Kingdom of Hungary (1430-1437)


Quarting, 1430-1437: Kingdom of Hungary

Quarting, 1430-1437: Kingdom of Hungary

Ruler: Sigismund of Luxembourg — King of Hungary and Croatia from 1387, King of Germany from 1410, King of Bohemia from 1419, and Holy Roman Emperor from 1433 until his death in 1437.

Double cross from coat of arms of Hungary and royal crown.

Letter marks near the cross; approximately — CN.

During the 7 years of coin emission, only one single type of quarting was issued — with a cross and a crown. However, more than 50 subtypes are distinguished, which outwardly, at first glance, are the same, but have a fundamental difference — different letter designations of unknown mints (to the left and right of the cross): AA, AB, BL, BN, KS, KW, OK, OO, SP, SR...

  • Silver (billon): 13 mm - 0.36 g
  • Reference price: 12$

COIN QUARTING — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. KINGDOM OF HUNGARY (1430-1437): quarting = 1/4 denár

QUARTING as coin name.
Quarting — small, low-quality silver (billon) coin of Hungary, which was mass minted during 1430-1437 by the Hungarian king Sigismund of Luxembourg. It was 1/4 of the local denár. It replaced the parvus — 1/3 of a denár.
As was often the case with medieval coins, quarting quickly began to depreciate immediately after its appearance. The quality decreased catastrophically — the silver content became symbolic (the precious metal was almost absent in the alloy). Matrices were often used extremely worn. In addition, the coin itself was tiny — typically weighing around 0.3 grams.
As a result, it is difficult to find quartings in perfect, or at least satisfactory, condition in modern collections.
The name of the coin quarting (derived from the Latin "quart/quarta/quartam"), apparently, speaks eloquently about its equality to the fourth part of a larger size coin — denár in this case. In numismatics, related terms are widely known: quart, quadrans, quarter...