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The Alex G. Malloy Crusader Coin Collection

We are pleased to offer the Alex G. Malloy Collection of Crusader Coins, assembled over a 40 year period during which Mr. Malloy was a premier dealer (now retired but a Forum staff consultant), collector and author in the field of crusader numismatics. Alex G. Malloy, Irene Preston and Arthur |Seltman| coauthored "Coins of the Crusader States", an excellent one-volume compendium of all known Crusader types, and an important standard references for crusader coins. Many of the coins listed here are ex |Seltman| and other important collections, in addition to coming to us from the Malloy collection. Rarely are so many crusader coins, with a wide spectrum of types and great rarities offered. This is perhaps the opportunity of a lifetime to acquire some superb examples for your collection or to begin a new exceptional collection of crusader coins.


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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Cover Coin - book cover coin for Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years. Ex A.J. |Seltman| Collection.

crusader book
SH45453. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 53b (book cover coin), Choice EF, weight 0.994 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 135o, obverse + BOAMVNDVS, elongated bearded head right wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, star right, A ornamented with pellets; reverse + AMTIOCNIA (sic), cross pattée, crescent in upper right angle, A's ornamented with pellets; buyer will receive a free copy of Coins of the Crusader States signed by Alex Malloy; scarce; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, John II, 1432 - 1458

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.
CR31991. Billon gros, Malloy Crusaders, type 10, 136 var. (no depression at center, legend ends PR), aEF, weight 3.885 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 225o, obverse + IOAn REX D, king seated on curule chair, foreparts of lions at sides, cloak open, cruciform scepter in right, orb in left, cauldron left, triple pellet after X, double pellet after D; reverse + IERUSAIm E D ChIPRE, Jerusalem cross, small depression at center, triple pellet legend breaks; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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This is the line drawing coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, it was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Historically of great importance, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

CR31585. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 132 (this coin), VF, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 225o, obverse A/N-T/I clockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; reverse ANTI counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; extremely rare; SOLD


Crusaders, County of Edessa, Baldwin II, Regent 1119 - 1126

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

In 1098 the unpopular and childless ruler of Edessa, Toros, invited the aid of the crusader Baldwin de Boulogne, adopted him as his son and appointed him co-regent. A month later, Toros was dethroned and executed. Edessa was the first state created by the crusaders, on 10 March 1098, and was also the first to fall. On 3 November 1146, Edessa was conquered by Nur-ad-Din Mahmud.
SH31974. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 15c; Pesant, Num. Circ. (1982), 2, aVF, weight 1.641 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 270o, obverse + BA/Γ∆ OY/INXO/MI (Baldwin, count), legend in four lines; reverse + STAV9IC NIXACI (By the Cross may you conquer), cross pattée, pellet at the end of each arm except the bottom bifurcated arm; extremely rare; SOLD


Crusaders, County of Edessa, Baldwin II, Regent 1119 - 1126

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

In 1098 the unpopular and childless ruler of Edessa, Toros, invited the aid of the crusader Baldwin de Boulogne, adopted him as his son and appointed him co-regent. A month later, Toros was dethroned and executed. Edessa was the first state created by the crusaders, on 10 March 1098, and was also the first to fall. On 3 November 1146, Edessa was conquered by Nur-ad-Din Mahmud.
SH31975. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 15c; Pesant, Num. Circ. (1982), 2, aVF, weight 1.275 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + BA/Γ∆ OY/INXO/MI (Baldwin, count), legend in four lines; reverse +STAV9IC NIXACI (By the Cross may you conquer), cross pattée, pellet at the end of each arm except the bottom bifurcated arm; extremely rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Old tag notes, "The Hague, Holland Viken Havandjian, Jan. 22, 1976, $65.00"

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, it was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

FORVM has three examples of this type (one a variant without the T) from the Malloy Collection. No other examples are known and the type is otherwise unknown to modern numismatics. Historically of great importance, these coins were minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32267. Bronze pougeoise, unpublished and historically important, the finest of three known to exist, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, aVF, octagonal shaped flan, weight 0.646 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 225o, obverse hexagram, ANT (Antioch) monogram in center (T is small and above H); reverse hexagram, ΠP monogram in center (uncertain meaning, perhaps the moneyers name or the ruling Crusaders at this time but interestingly in Greek not Latin); of great rarity; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Baldwin III, 1143 - 1163

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This is the plate coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex CNA IV mail bid sale, lot 400816, 21 Sep 1988.
SH32094. Gold cut fragment, Malloy Crusaders 59 and pl. 1, 59 (this coin), VF, weight 0.623 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, obverse LE + C, six-pointed star pattern; reverse V : S, multifoil; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Raymond Roupen or Later, Anonymous Gate Series, 1216 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

SH32272. Bronze AE 18, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; See Malloy Crusaders p. 196 ff. for discussion of the Anonymous Gate Series, F, weight 1.557 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, obverse gate containing pellets, four horizontal bars and four vertical bars; reverse six spoked wheel wending in center with each spoke ending in the center with an annulet; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Afterward, lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding the letter with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

FORVM has three examples of this type (one a variant without the T) from the Malloy Collection. No other examples are known and the type is otherwise unknown to modern numismatics. Historically of great importance, these coins were minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32083. Bronze pougeoise, unpublished and important, one of three known, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, VF, weight 0.672 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 270o, obverse hexagram, ANT (Antioch) monogram in center (T is small and above H); reverse hexagram, ΠP monogram in center (uncertain meaning, perhaps the moneyers name or the ruling Crusaders at this time but interestingly in Greek not Latin); of great rarity; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

FORVM has three examples of this type from the Malloy Collection. This particular coin is a unique variant. The other two examples have a small T above H, missing on this coin. No other examples are known and the type is otherwise unknown to modern numismatics. Historically of great importance, these coins were minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32084. Bronze pougeoise, unpublished and historically important, unique variant of type with only three known, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, aVF, weight 0.774 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 45o, obverse hexagram, AN (Antioch) monogram in center; reverse hexagram, ΠP monogram in center (uncertain meaning, perhaps the moneyers name or the ruling Crusaders at this time but interestingly in Greek not Latin); of great rarity; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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This is the line drawing coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years. Ex Spink and Son. Ex R. Pesant Collection.
SH31535. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders 71a (this coin), VF, edge chip, weight 0.729 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Majority, early period, 1163 - 1188; obverse + BOAMVNDVS, fleur-de-lis with splayed foot, pellet in each angle; reverse + ANTIOCHIA, cross pattée, five pointed star in each angle, fine beaded border; rare, Very Fine examples of this type are extremely difficult to obtain; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land and collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, it was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Historically of great importance, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH31532. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 132 var.; Seltman, NC 1966, p. 61, 2 var., F, weight 0.316 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, obverse A/N-T/I counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; reverse blundered ANTI in the angles of a long cross pattée; unpublished variety of an extremely rare type; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem (Acre), 1268 - 1291

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Ex Paul Balog Collection. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land and collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

On October 2, 1187, Jerusalem was surrendered to Saladin. the Sultan agreed to a ransom of ten bezants for men, five for women, and one for children. Those who could not pay were to be sold into slavery. Henry II of England's treasury in Jerusalem, established for his use in a pilgrimage or crusade which never came to pass, was used to purchase the freedom of many of the poor but at least 3000 inhabitants were enslaved. The ransomed marched away in three columns. Some went first to Tripoli, where they were denied entrance and were robbed. Many went to Antioch, Cilicia, and Byzantium. Others went to Egypt, and were permitted to board ships heading for Europe.

For the next 100 years the Kingdom of Jerusalem, its capital now at Acre, clung to life controlling most of the coastline of present day Israel and southern and central Lebanon, including Ascalon, Jaffa, Arsuf, Caesarea, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, some interior fortresses, and suzerainty over Tripoli and Antioch.

In 1291, Acre, the last major Crusader stronghold, was taken by Sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil. He was far less merciful than Saladin 100 years before; much of the Frankish population was massacred or sold into slavery, such that Khalil could proclaim, "A pearly white Frankish woman couldn't sell in the bazaar for a penny!"

After Acre fell, the Crusaders moved north to cities such as Tortosa, but these fell too and they were forced offshore to Cyprus. With the loss of the island of Arwad in 1303, the Kingdom of Jerusalem ceased to exist on the mainland.

This coin was struck for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, probably at Acre, c. 1268 to 1291, long after the city of Jerusalem had been lost.

SH32085. Bronze AE 19, cf. Malloy Crusaders p. 83, 55; hybrid imitation with combined Latin and Arabic characteristics, VF, weight 1.310 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, obverse hexagram (imitating Ayyubids of Aleppo), blundered illiterate imitation of Arabic script; reverse + blundered illiterate Latin? legend, cross moline, small St. Andrew's cross in each quarter, within circle of large dots; uneven strike but among the finest of the few known; of great rarity; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem (Acre), 1268 - 1291

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land and collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

On October 2, 1187, Jerusalem was surrendered to Saladin. the Sultan agreed to a ransom of ten bezants for men, five for women, and one for children. Those who could not pay were to be sold into slavery. Henry II of England's treasury in Jerusalem, established for his use in a pilgrimage or crusade which never came to pass, was used to purchase the freedom of many of the poor but at least 3000 inhabitants were enslaved. The ransomed marched away in three columns. Some went first to Tripoli, where they were denied entrance and were robbed. Many went to Antioch, Cilicia, and Byzantium. Others went to Egypt, and were permitted to board ships heading for Europe.

For the next 100 years the Kingdom of Jerusalem, its capital now at Acre, clung to life controlling most of the coastline of present day Israel and southern and central Lebanon, including Ascalon, Jaffa, Arsuf, Caesarea, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, some interior fortresses, and suzerainty over Tripoli and Antioch.

In 1291, Acre, the last major Crusader stronghold, was taken by Sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil. He was far less merciful than Saladin 100 years before; much of the Frankish population was massacred or sold into slavery, such that Khalil could proclaim, "A pearly white Frankish woman couldn't sell in the bazaar for a penny!"

After Acre fell, the Crusaders moved north to cities such as Tortosa, but these fell too and they were forced offshore to Cyprus. With the loss of the island of Arwad in 1303, the Kingdom of Jerusalem ceased to exist on the mainland.

This coin was struck for the Kingdom of Jerusalem, probably at Acre, c. 1268 to 1291, long after the city of Jerusalem had been lost.

SH32086. Bronze AE 16, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, See Malloy Crusaders p. 83 ff. for other hybrid imitations with combined Latin and Arabic characteristics, gVF, weight 0.628 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, obverse Arabic inscription around small cross; reverse hexagram (imitating Ayyubids of Aleppo), Arabic monogram in center, pellets in outer angles; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Tripoli, Sidon or Other Uncertain Syrian City, c. 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection.
CR32032. Bronze pougeoise, anonymous coppers, Malloy Crusaders 35,, aVF, uneven strike, weight 1.643 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, obverse uncertain blundered Arabic legend, six-rayed chrismon pommeté; reverse uncertain blundered Arabic legend, cross pommeté, pellets in upper left and lower right quarters; very rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Tripoli, Sidon or Uncertain Syria, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Unique and historically important, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32275. Bronze pougeoise, Unpublished and unique!, see Malloy Crusaders p. 176 for similar six-rayed chrismon pommeté types, aF, weight 1.185 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, obverse six-rayed chrismon pommeté, pellet between each ray, obscure (probably blundered) Latin inscription; reverse five-rayed chrismon pommeté (expected type is a cross pommeté), pellet between each ray, obscure (probably blundered) Latin inscription; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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CR31551. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 51 var, Choice VF, weight 0.967 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 315o, obverse + BOAHVHDVS, elongated bearded head right wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, star right, A ornamented with pellets; reverse + AHTIOCHIA, cross pattée, crescent in upper left angle, A's ornamented with pellets; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States, ex A.J. |Seltman| Collection; scarce; SOLD


Crusaders, Lordship of Sidon, Anonymous Copper, c. 1250 - 1291

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. John Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the 1960's.

During the First Crusade, on December 4, 1110, Sidon was captured by King Baldwin of Jerusalem and King Sigurd of Norway. It became the center of the Lordship of Sidon, an important seigneury in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Under the crusaders, Sidon was sacked several times and nearly destroyed by the Saracens in 1249, and again by the Mongols in 1260.

About month after the capture of Acre in late the spring 1291, Al-Ashraf Khalil sent a force led by Emir al-Shuja'i to Sidon. The Knights Templar had moved their treasure to Sidon and taken refuge inside a sea castle on an isle about 90 meters from the shore. When the Sultan's forces began to build a bridge the knights escaped by sea and crusader rule of Sidon ended.

The fabric and crudeness in design of the anonymous copper pieces, such as this coin, put them in into a similar time frame as the anonymous copper of Tripoli and Antioch, perhaps during the Mongol invasions of the 1250s or perhaps later.
SH32270. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; see Malloy Crusaders p. 152 ff. for a discussion of the coinage of Sidon and similar types, VF, uneven strike, weight 1.682 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, obverse cross, pellet in each angle, within square with bar from each corner, very crude inscription, H...O...; reverse pellet in triangle, pellets around; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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CR31550. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 66c, Choice gVF, weight 0.803 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 270o, obverse + BOAHVHDVS, bust left wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, five-pointed star with dot below right, A ornamented with annulets; reverse + AHTIOCHIA, cross pattée, crescent in upper right angle, A's ornamented with annulets, pellet inside O; ornate C with pellets, double bar and wedges; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States; rare; SOLD


Crusaders, County of Tripoli, Bohemond VI, 1251 - 1275

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex John J. Slocum Collection.
CR32277. Silver gros, Malloy Crusaders 22; Schlumberger pl. II, 19, VF, weight 4.225 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 270o, obverse + BOEMVNDVS : COMES, cross within frame of alternating arches and angles, within linear circle; reverse + C•I•V•I•T•AS TR•I•POL•I•, eight pointed star within frame of eight arches, within linear circle; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem, John of Brienne, 1210 - 1225

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex A.J. Seltman Collection.

John of Brienne (c. 1170 ? 27 March 1237) was a French nobleman who became King of Jerusalem by marriage, and was later invited to become Latin Emperor of Constantinople.

Damietta, Egypt, about two miles from the sea on the Nile river, fell to John after a siege lasting from May 1218 to November 1219. Success was followed by plundering and the reconsecration of the principal mosque as a cathedral. But the city was held only until late summer 1221, when it was surrendered to the Sultan after a crushing defeat.
SH32097. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 43; Schlumberger pl. III, 31, aVF, weight 0.683 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Egypt, Damietta? mint, c. Nov 1219 - Aug 1221; obverse   IOhES : REX :, cross pattée, annulets in upper right and lower left quarters, triple pellet stops; reverse   DAMIATA, head facing with curly hair, wearing crown ornamented with three pellets; a fragment of a second coin is stuck on the obverse (only a very brave soul would try to remove it!); very rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Tripoli, Sidon or Uncertain Syria, Anonymous Coppers, c. 1250 - 1289

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Saif al-Din Qalawun Al-Salihi captured Tripoli on April 27, 1289, ending the Crusader County of Tripoli.

The fabric and crudeness in design of the anonymous copper pieces, such as this coin, put them in into a similar time frame as the anonymous copper of Sidon and Antioch, perhaps during the Mongol invasions of the 1250s or perhaps later.
SH32271. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; see Malloy Crusaders p. 152 ff. for a discussion of the coinage of Sidon and similar types, VF, weight 1.314 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, obverse small cross in square with traces of inscription; reverse two long lines with a pseudo inscription of pellets and streaks; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Unique and historically important, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32274. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; cf. Malloy Crusaders 127 (late anonymous with fleur-de-lis / cross pattée), VF/Fair, weight 1.041 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, obverse cross pattée with Latin inscription around A X C ….X; reverse uncertain reverse struck with a very worn die; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh IV, 1324 - 1359

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Old round tag reads, "Kolcarides, Nicosia Received 19.8.46, Found near Trikomo [Cyprus]."
CR31976. Billon half gros, Metcalf Crusades pl. 31, 763; Malloy Crusaders 75, aEF, weight 2.319 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 315o, obverse + HVGVE REI DE, king seated on curule chair, foreparts of lions at sides, legs wide apart, cloak open, cruciform scepter in right, orb in left, + over C left, double hem at neck; reverse + IERVSAL'm E D' ChIPR', Jerusalem cross; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Henry of Champagne, 1192 - 1197

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Abramowitz Family Collection of Judaean & Biblical Related Coinage, Superior Galleries Auction, 8 Dec 93, Lot 540.
SH32095. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders 33, aVF, weight 1.240 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 90o, obverse + COMES HENRICVS, cross pattée, annulet in each angle; reverse + PVGES D'ACCON, fleur-de-lis with flat foot, bud or wedge in each angle; rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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CR31553. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 50a, Choice VF, weight 1.063 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 135o, obverse + BOANVHDVS, elongated bearded head right wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, star right, A ornamented with pellets, beard and mail composed of annulets; reverse + AHTIOCHIA, cross pattée, crescent in upper right angle, A's ornamented with pellets; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States, ex A.J. |Seltman| Collection; scarce; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond IV, 1201 - 1233

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Abramowitz Family Collection of Judaean & Biblical Related Coinage, Superior Galleries Auction, 8 Dec 93, Lot 540.
CR31540. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders 81, Metcalf Crusades 472, De Witt type 3, Schlumberger III 2, VF, slightly wavy flan, weight 0.831 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 45o, First reign, 1201 - 1216; obverse + BOAMVNDVS, fleur-de-lis with triangular foot, pellet in each angle, wire border; reverse + ANTIOCHIA, cross pattée, five pointed star in each angle, wire border; scarce; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Abramowitz Family Collection of Judaean & Biblical Related Coinage, Superior Galleries Auction, 8 Dec 93, Lot 540.
CR31571. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 66c, gVF, weight 0.985 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, obverse + BOAHVHDVS, bust left wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, five-pointed star right, A ornamented with four pellets, N with double bar; reverse + AHTIOCHIA, cross pattée, crescent in upper right angle, A's and C ornamented with two pellets, pellet inside O; rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Edessa?, c. 1110 - 1130 A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Alex Malloy believes this coin is unique and important.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. His envelope says, "New York, L. Dil, Aug 29, 1973."
SH32027. Bronze follis, unpublished, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, F, weight 4.993 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, obverse facing bust of Christ, cross in right; reverse uncertain, probably a cross and illiterate rough imitation of Arabic inscription; probably overstuck on an Islamic or Byzantine coin; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond IV, 1201 - 1233

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This is the line drawing coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years. Ex Abramowitz Family Collection of Judaean & Biblical Related Coinage, Superior Galleries Auction, 8 Dec 93, Lot 540.
CR31536. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders 84 (this coin), VF, Choice for the type, weight 0.996 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 270o, First reign, 1201 - 1216; obverse + BOAMVNDVS, fleur-de-lis with splayed foot, pellet in each lower angle, wire border; reverse + ANTIOCHIA, cross pattée, five pointed star in each angle, wire border; scarce, Very Fine examples are difficult to find; SOLD




  




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