BRONZE PRIVATE ISSUE TOKEN - THE DUCHESS AND THE TREE OF LIFE
Private issue bronze commemorative coin in honor of the Duchess of Cypress. The tree has 7 leaves and 16 blooms.
Depicted on the obverse of this coin is the Duchess Nayani of the the House of Cypress. The reverse of the coin shows the Tree of Life bearing fruit encircled by double border and a single beaded border.
This bronze commomorative coin was minted as a dedication to the Duchess of Cypress. It was minted by Christopher of Cypress in honor of his wife. The Tree of Life represents their union and the fruit that this union has produced. In style it is a merger of two earlier 13th century German bracteate designs. The obverse being a bracteate of the Duke of Bavarian Swabia Koradin minted in Schongau. The reverse represents a slightly earlier design produced by Princes Abby of Lindau showing a lime tree with seven leaves and 16 blooms, the lime tree being the Stadtwappen of the town of Lindau.