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Coin of Ferdinand Charles, Struck 1649
Obverse: (Latin) FERDIN[AND] CAROL D[EUS] G[RATIA] ARCHIDA AV, in English: "Ferdinand Charles, By the Grace of God, Archduke of Austria." Reverse: (Latin) COM[ES] TYROLIS DVX BURGVND, in English: "Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy and Count of Tyrol."
Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Further Austria
Anna Medici, his wife

Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Further Austria (de: Erzherzog Ferdinand Karl von Österreich), (May 17, 1628 – December 30, 1662 in Kaltern) was the ruler of Further Austria including Tirol from 1646 to 1662.

As the son of Archduke Leopold V and Claudia de' Medici, he took over his mother's governatorial duties when he came of age in 1646. To finance his extravagant living style, he sold goods and entitlements. For example, he wasted the exorbitant sum which France had to pay to the Tyrolean Habsburgs for the cession of their fiefs west of the Rhine (Alsace, Sundgau and Breisach). He also fixed the border to Graubünden in 1652.

Ferdinand Charles was an absolutist ruler, did not call any diet after 1648 and had his chancellor Wilhelm Biener executed illegally in 1651 after a secret trial. On the other hand, he was a lover of music: Italian opera was performed in his court.

Ancestors

Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria's ancestors in three generations
Archduke Ferdinand Charles of Austria Father:
Leopold V, Archduke of Austria
Paternal Grandfather:
Charles II of Austria
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Bohemia and Hungary
Paternal Grandmother:
Maria Anna of Bavaria
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Albert V, Duke of Bavaria
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Anna of Austria
Mother:
Claudia de' Medici
Maternal Grandfather:
Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Eleonora di Toledo
Maternal Grandmother:
Christina, Grand Duchess of Tuscany
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Charles III, Duke of Lorraine
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Claude of Valois

Marriage and children

Ferdinand Charles married Anna of Medici. She was a daughter of Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Maria Magdalena of Austria (+1631). They had two children:

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Preceded by:
Leopold V
Ruler of Tyrol and Further Austria Succeeded by:
Sigismund Francis
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