"The Crown of The Holy Roman Empire, also known as The 'Reichskrone' and
'The Crown of Charlemagne ', this ancient Crown is believed to have been made
at the Monastery of Reichenau for the Coronation of Emperor Otto I, The Great,
in 962. Made of Eight joined plates, four depict enamelled figures of Our Lord
enthroned in Majesty, King Solomon, King David and King Hezekiah and The
Prophet Isaiah. The remaining four plates are set with large precious stones".
(From THIS WEBPAGE)
WHAT got us curious about an old German crown? Well, Mr. Research and I were looking at German paper money that dad brought home from WWII...(the way this works is we're instant messaging--I show him a picture--theres a short time where I'm the only one commenting--and suddenly, a link appears in the IM window about some cool aspect of the picture.)
Here's the beautiful "Ein Hundert Mark" we were looking at. The figure is Germania, and Larry noticed her crown. Yup, it's the same one. (Click the picture to see all the amazing detail).
I said the crown looked sorta crude--the stones look like agates found on a beach--and Larry reitterated that the thing was made in 962, over a thousand YEARS ago.
Look who else 'wore' it:
Charlemagne, who was German, after all. Interesting that the crown was made a hundred years after he died. But, that's the function of symbols, right?