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Coins of Cyprus

Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.

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Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire.
SH52140. Bronze Bisante, Lambros 107, gVF, double strike, weight 4.251 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 45o, Nicosia mint, 1570 A.D.; obverse PRO REGNI CIPR PRESIDIO, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETORV / FIDES INVI / OLA BILIS / BISANTE / I, inscription in five lines; very scarce; SOLD


Kingdom of Cyprus, 15th Century A.D.

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Deniers with rampant lion and cross types were struck by many of the Kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem. Types were struck with stars, pellets, or crosslets in the quadrants. Janus struck the type with an S in one quadrant. We do not know of another example with letters in more than one quadrant. Unfortunately we can't read the legends or the letters in the quadrants but it is possible a specialist could improve the attribution.
CR68025. Billon denier, Unpublished(?), Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, gF, weight 0.530 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 270o, obverse lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse cross patte, a letter in three or four of the quarters; extremely rare; SOLD


Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.

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Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire.
ME16470. Bronze Bisante, Duby II 4; Neumann I 917; Schlumberger Tf. 8.14, F, weight 3.800 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 225o, Farmagusta mint, 1570 A.D.; obverse CYPRIPRESSIIH PRO REG, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETOR FIDES INVI OLABILIS BISANTE 1 F, in five lines; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Lambros, P. Coins of the Medieval Kingdom of Cyprus. (Vienna, 1873).
Malloy, A., I. Preston, & A. Seltman. Coins of the Crusader States, 2nd Edition. (New York, 2004).
Metcalf, D. Coinage of the Crusaders and the Latin East in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford. (London, 1995).
Metcalf, D. The Silver Coinage of Cyprus, 1285-1382. (Nicosia, 1996).
Michaelidou, L. & E. Zapiti. Coins of Cyprus. From the Collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. (Nicosia, 2008).
Neumann, J. Kupfermnzen. (Prague, 1858).
Schlumberger, G. Numismatique de l'Orient latin. (1878; Supplement 1882; reprinted: Graz, 1954).
Sothebys. The John J. Slocum Collection of Coins of the Crusades. Catalog of public auction, 6 March 1997. London.
Tziambazis, E. A Catalogue of the Coins of Cyprus (from 560 B.C. to 1571 A.D.). (Larnaca, 2002).

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