Henry II, King of Italy 1002-1024
Paolucci 1, PCGS-graded AU-58
Unusually bold and well preserved with ancient patina.
Of German origins, Henry II discovered Catholicism in exile because of his father’s revolt against the Bavarian king. After defeating several other claimants to the throne, he was crowned King of Germany (“Rex Romanorum”) on July 9, 1002, and King of Italy (“Rex Italiae”) on May 15, 1004. While Henry spent most of his time far from Italy, he did lead three expeditions to ensure imperial dominion over the Italian peninsula, putting down local revolts and overcoming Byzantine interest in southern Italy. Rome viewed him as a champion of the Church.