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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 Billon denier, Unpublished(?), Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, gF, weight 0.530 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 270o, obverse lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse cross pattée, a letter in three or four of the quarters; extremely rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Peter II, 1369 - 1382

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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."
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

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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."

The legends give Hugh IV his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus.
CR31990. Billon half gros, Metcalf Crusaders 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


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


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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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 II part 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

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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. 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.

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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.; obverse head of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane; reverse dove standing right; the only specimen of the type known to Forum; ON LAYAWAY


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Henry I, 10 Jan 1218 - 18 Jan 1253

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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. Billon denarius, 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

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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.

The legends give Hugh III his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus.
CR31978. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 34; Metcalf Crusades type 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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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. Kupfermünzen. (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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