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VLADISLAV II
1447-1456


                AR Ducat (0.54 g, 14mm, 1).

      Mint: Uncertain.
      Struck: Uncertain.
      Obv: + Iω BΛЯДICΛЯ BOIBOДГNb
                Arms of the Basarab family: crescent and star within left half.
      Rev: + Iω BΛЯДHCΛЯ BOHД
                The Wallachian crest: eagle standing left, head reverted, on
                helmet.
      Ref: MBR 257 var. (legends).

Notes: Vladislav II was the son of Dan II. At the time, Wallachia was a border territory between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary. In 1447, the boyars, supported by the Hungarian regent Jan Hunyadi, rebelled against Vlad II Dracul, who was a vassal of the Ottomans. Vlad was assassinated, and the Hungarians placed Vladislav II on the throne. Shortly thereafter, the Ottomans invaded and placed Vlad II's son, Vlad III Tepes on the throne. The younger Vlad only ruled a few months before the Hungarians invaded, ousting him and replacing Vladislav back in power. Vlad III fled to Moldova, but later reconciled with Hunyadi, who, acknowledging Vlad's political and military skill, took him as an advisor. At the same time, Vladislav played both the Hungarians and Ottomans off against each other, thereby losing his strong support by Hungary. Thus, when Hunyadi marched against the Ottomans, who were besieging Belgrade, Vlad III invaded Wallachia and killed Vladislav in personal combat.