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In 1185, Henry II of England knighted his heir John and sent him to Ireland to enforce English control. It was a disaster which united the scorned Irish chieftains against a common enemy. By the end of the year, John returned to England in defeat. Nonetheless, Henry had him named of Ireland by Pope Urban III and procured a golden crown with feathers.
SH73348. Gold hyperpyron, , 1, 1; pl. 18, 9; 1, 62/Cp/AV/1; 355; 62.1, 1983; -, VF, double struck, creases in margins, perhaps once flattened then to syphate, 4.437 g, maximum 30.8 mm, 180o, Constantinople mint, Sep 1183 - 12 Sep 1185 A.D.; the seated facing on square-backed throne, , wearing and ; she holds before her the of the infant Christ, MP - ΘV (Mother of God) flanking her ; double ; AN∆PONIKOC ∆εCΠOTHC, Andronicus (on left) and Christ standing facing, Andronicus, with forked beard, wears crown and , in right, in left, Christ crowning him, wears and , holds Gospels, (Jesus Christ) flanking His ; very ; $540.00 (€475.20)
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