The crusades were military expeditions undertaken by the Christians of Europe in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. The origin of the word may be traced to the cross made of cloth and worn as a badge on the outer garment of those who took part in these enterprises. The Crusader states were a number of mostly 12th- and 13th-century feudal states created by Western European crusaders in Asia Minor, Greece and the Holy Land, and during the Northern Crusades in the eastern Baltic area. Politics were complicated, including a Christian alliance with the Islamic Sultanate of Rûm during the Fifth Crusade. The Crusaders ravaged the countries they marched through, killed 8,000 Jews in the Rhineland in the first of Europe’s pogroms, devastated the Mediterranean ports, fought amongst themselves as much as the "Infidel" and fleeced their subjects to fill their coffers. Murder and massacre in the service of the Gospel was commonplace. Seventy thousand civilians were butchered in the sack of Jerusalem. The end came in 1291 with the fall of Acre, the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land.
Crusaders, Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Oshin, 1308 - 1320 A.D.
Oshin became king on the death of his nephew Leo III and brother Hethum at the hands of the Mongol general Bilarghu. Oshin favored a union of the Armenian and Roman churches, which aroused popular discontent. On his death on July 20, 1320, Oshin was succeeded by his minor son Leo IV. It was popularly believed that Oshin was poisoned by his cousin (and brother-in-law) Oshin of Corycos.
CR66539. Copper Pogh, Nercessian 448 ff., F, weight 1.247 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 135o, Sis mint, 1308 - 1320 A.D.; obverse Armenian inscription: + Oshin King of the Armenians, Oshin seated facing, cross in right, fleur-de-lis in left; reverse Armenian inscription: + Struck in the City of Sis, plain cross pattée; $50.00 (€37.50)
Medieval Lead Token, c. 12th - 15th Century
Martin Dean's "Lead Tokens from the River Thames at Windsor and Wallingford," in Numismatic Chronical 1977, includes numerous somewhat similar tokens with a flower obverse. None have this reverse and they are unlikely to be closely related. The origin of this uattributed token is uncertain, but it was once part of Alex Malloy's crusader coins collection.
CR53346. Lead token, F, cast, weight 1.888 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, c. 12th - 15th century; obverse flower(?); reversemonogram(?); $45.00 (€33.75)
Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Tancred, Regent, March 1101 - May 1103 and Late 1104 - December 1112
This type was struck while Bohemond I was in captivity. It was the first type struck by Tancred. The order in which his types were struck has been firmly established by frequent overstrikes of later issues on earlier coins.
St. Peter is the patron saint of Antioch.
CR67857. Bronze follis, Malloy Crusaders 3a, Metcalf Crusaders 49 - 53, Fair, weight 3.490 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, 1101 - 1103; obverse O PE-TPOC, bust of St. Peter facing, cross in left hand; reverse + / KE BOI / ΘHTO ∆V / ΛOCOV T/ANKPI / + (O Lord, help your servant Tancred); $45.00 (€33.75)
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