|Area/Ruler:||John "The Blind" as King of Bohemia|
|Denomination:||Silver Grossus (Penny) of Prague|
|Obverse:||Standing bohemian Lion left , legend around. "+* GROSSI PRAGETISES *"|
|Reverse:||Crown with two fleur du lis symbols inside, double band of legends "+IOhANNES:PRIMVS / +DEI:GRATIA:REX:BOEMIE"|
|Reference:||Donebauer 817, Dietiker 52, Smolik 1|
|Comment:||Coin is double struck (lion is a "rampant" lion facing left.|
John the Blind, Count of Luxembourg 1309-1346, King of Bohemia and Poland 1310-1346
John the Blind (10 August 1296 - 26 August 1346) was the Count of Luxembourg from 1309, King of Bohemia, and titular King of Poland from 1310. He was the eldest son of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII and his wife Margaret of Brabant.
John was French by education, but deeply involved in the politics of Germany. In 1310, John married Elisabeth, heiress of Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, and thereby became King of Bohemia and so one of the seven prince-electors of the Holy Roman Empire. The object of the hostility of the Czech nobility, however, he gave up the administration of Bohemia and embarked on a life of travel, spending time in Luxembourg and the French court. His travels took him to Silesia, Poland, Lithuania, Tyrol, Northern Italy, Papal Avignon, and Languedoc, where he was governor from 30 November 1338 to November 1340. He lost his eyesight from ophthalmia, while crusading in Lithuania with the Teutonic order.
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