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Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Peter II, 1369 - 1382
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." SH31998. Bronze AE 14, Malloy Crusaders 106; Seltman, Num. Circ. (Feb 1968), p. 37, fig. 2, aF, weight 0.509 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, obverse + PIERE. ROI D, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERUALEM, cross pattée, pellet in each quarter; extremely rare; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh IV, 1324 - 1359
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States."
The legends give Hugh IV his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus. CR31990. Billon half gros, MetcalfCrusaders pl. 30, 737; Malloy Crusaders 68, VF, weight 2.292 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 285o, Nicosia? mint, 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, double hem line at neck, no field mark; reverse + IERVSAL'm E D' ChIPR', Jerusalem cross; SOLD
Salamis(?), Cyprus, Pnytagoras(?), c. 351 - 332 B.C.(?)
CNG noted of their similar coin, "The coins of Salamis do feature turreted portraits of Aphrodite, but other than that and the possibility of rendering the monogram as ΠN, there is little to confirm the identification of this coin." We have doubts about the attribution but don't have anything better to suggest.GA85913. Silver hemiobol, Unpublished in references, cf. CNG e-auction 143 (12 Jul 06), lot 84 (caduceus to right of monogram on reverse), aVF, uneven toning, porous, scratches, weight 0.245 g, maximum diameter 6.8 mm, die axis 315o, Salamis(?) mint, c. 350 - 330 B.C.(?); obverse turreted female head (Aphrodite?) right; reverse ΠN(?) monogram, within linear circle; extremely rare; SOLD
Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.
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
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.
In 626, Constantinople was under siege by horde of about 80,000 Avars, Slavs, Bulgars, and other "barbarians" and a small Persian army allied with them. On 31 July, the barbarian and Persian allies launched an attack along the entire 5.7 kilometer length of the Theodosian Walls using the most current trebuchets, mobile armored shelters, and siege towers. On the walls, 12,000 well-trained Byzantine troops fought fiercely, holding off assault after assault. On 7 August the Persian fleet was destroyed while ferrying reinforcements. The Avars, having suffered terrible losses, and short of food and supplies, burned their siege engines and retreated to the Balkan Peninsula. Constantinople was saved.BZ72159. Bronze follis, DOC IIpart 1, 184a1; Wroth BMC 269; Morrisson BnF 10/Ch/AD/05; Ratto 1481; Hahn MIB 198a; Sommer 11.85; SBCV 849, VF, weight 6.683 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd offficina, Cyprus mint, 626 - 627 A.D.; obverse Martina, Heraclius, and Heraclius Constantine standing facing, each holding globus cruciger; reverse large M (40 nummi), Heraclius monogram above, ANNO left, X/U/II (year 17) right, Γ (3rd officina) below, KVΠP (Cyprus) in exergue; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398
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. Old round tag notes, "AHB. 1954."CR32014. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 113a; Metcalf Crusades 797; Schlumberger VII, 9, VF, legends difficult to read as usual for the type, weight 0.685 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 270o, Nicosia mint, May 1385 - 9 Sep 1398; obverse + IAQVE ROI DE, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + Ch IERV3ALEm, cross pattée; SOLD
Paphos, Cyprus, c. 350 - 250 B.C.
Doves are a symbol of peace but also a romantic symbol of love. The dove relates to romance because Greek mythology associated the small, white bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite's jewel-encrusted, golden chariot was drawn through the sky by a team of doves.GB85968. Bronze AE 19, apparently unpublished; BMC Cyprus p. lxxiii & pl. xxii, 6; Bank of Cyprus -; Tziambazis -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -; et al. -, F, rough, corrosion, edge splits, weight 5.241 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 270o, Paphos mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obversehead of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane; reverse dove standing right; the only specimen of the type known to Forum; ON LAYAWAY
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398
The Parliament of Cyprus named Jamesking while he was captive in Genoa. To gain his release James agreed to new privileges for Genoese merchants and accepted Genoese sovereignty over the captured city of Famagusta, something that no previous king had conceded. Until he was released, Cyprus was governed by 12 nobles. Some of them opposed his return. In April 1385, James returned to Cyprus and was welcomed at Nicosia with great enthusiasm. He was crowned in May 1385 in Saint Sophia Cathedral. After his crowning, his opponents were arrested and punished. He was crowned King of Jerusalem in 1389. In 1393, Leo VI of Armenia died, and James assumed the title of King of Armenia. He was formally given the title in 1396. That kingdom was by now reduced to the city of Korikos, which had been in Cypriot hands since its conquest by Peter I of Cyprus. Upon his death, James was succeeded by his son Janus.ME85300. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 113a; Metcalf Crusades 797; Schlumberger VII 9, aVF, toned, light corrosion, edge crack, tiny hole, legends difficult to read as usual for the type, weight 0.743 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Nicosia mint, May 1385 - 9 Sep 1398; obverse + IAQVE ROI DE, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERV3ALEm D, cross pattée; ex C. Subak (Chicago, Sep 1975); SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Henry I, 10 Jan 1218 - 18 Jan 1253
Henry I of Cyprus was 8 months old when his father died. His mother was the official regent, but her uncle, Philip of Ibelin, governed. When Philip died, the effective regency passed to his brother, John of Ibelin. In 1228, Frederick II HRE took Cyprus, but when he left the island, John attacked and regained control. Henry I assumed rule at age 15. He was also Regent of Jerusalem for Conrad of Hohenstaufen, 1246 - 1253. CR67310. Billondenarius, Malloy Crusaders 25c, F, weight 0.826 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 225o, obverse + hENRICVS, double annulet at end of legend, cross pattée; reverse + REX CYPRI, gateway with battlements, pellet in doorway; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh III, 1267 - 1284
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.
The legends give Hugh III his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus. CR31978. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 34; Metcalf Crusadestype 1, aVF, weight 0.480 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + hVGVE REI DE, cross pattée, double pellet stops, open E's; reverse + IhRL' m:ED' ChIPR, lion rampant left, S-shaped tail ending outward, open C's and E's; rare; SOLD
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