1057013 | TRANSYLVANIA. Michael I Apafi.
(Prince, 1687-1690). 1685 AV Ducat. NGC AU58.
Fagaras Mint. D: G: P. TR: – MIC: APAFI. Half length portrait with scepter, right /
PAR: RECHVN-A: DO & SICVLO: COM: 1685 –. Crowned arms within beaded oval divides sun and moon motifs to either side; all within beaded circle and legends around. KM 505; Fr.-448.
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Michael I Apafi was elected by the nobles of Transylvania on 14 September 1661, with the support of the Ottoman Empire, as a rival to the Habsburg-backed ruler John Kemény. Kemény died in 1662 in the battle of Nagyszőllős, leaving Apafi as uncontested ruler of Transylvania.
Opposed to the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, he supported the Ottomans and Hungarian rebels until the Ottoman defeat at the Battle of Vienna on 12 September 1683. Following this, Michael opened talks with Leopold and concluded a treaty with the Austrians on 27 September 1687, obtaining their recognition of his authority in Transylvania [Wikipedia].