1062963 | GERMAN STATES. Baden. Bernard II.
(Margrave, 1420-1458). 1958 AR Medal. PCGS SP65.
Edge: Plain (crown) 1000. 40mm. 25.26gm. • BEATUS BERNARDUS MARCHIO BADENSIS • +15.7.1458. Portrait, right /
DEFENSOR FIDEI - PATRONUS PATRIAE// IN MEMORIAM/ +1958+. Large shield of arms; legend around.
Struck in memory of the 500th anniversary of the death of Bernard II, 1458-1958.
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Bernhard II of Baden, born at Hohenbaden Castle in Baden-Baden, was the second son of Margrave Jacob of Baden and his wife, Catherine of Lorraine. He was born in the late 1420s however the exact date of his birth is unknown. While related to the Habsburg dynasty through his brother Karl I, he later gave up his claim to part of the margraviate and became Frederick III's personal envoy. During his lifetime, he witnessed a number of disgraceful situations and tried to alleviate hardship and poverty wherever he could. He spent most of his income assisting the poor and those in need.
Under pressure, after the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, the imperial Habsburg family began preparing a crusade against the expanding Ottoman Empire. Bernard II was sent to the European princely houses to promote this project. He died of the plague during one of these visits, on 15 July 1458 in Moncalieri, Turin Italy and was later beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 1769.