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Crusaders, Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Hetoum I, 1226 - 1270 A.D.
As the Mongols approached, King Hetoum made a strategic decision to send his brother Smpad to the Mongol court in Karakorum and agree to become a vassal state of the Mongol Empire. In 1254, Hetoum himself traveled to Mongolia to renew the agreement. The account of his travels, "The Journey of Haithon, King of Little Armenia, To Mongolia and Back" is still important for its observations of Mongol, Buddhist, and Chinese culture, geography, and wildlife. The Mamluks invaded Armenia in 1266, taking 40,000 Armenians captive, including Hetoum's son, Leo. Hetoum abdicated in 1270 in favor of his son Leo, and lived out the rest of his life in a monastery, as a Franciscan monk.
SH65348. Copper tank, Nercessian
356, Bedoukian CCA
-, EF, bold strike, superb
, superb for the type!
, Sis mint, weight
7.394g, maximum diameter
28.1mm, die axis
, 1226 - 1270 A.D.; obverse
: Hetoum King
of the Armenians, Hetoum seated facing on bench-like throne, fleur-de-lis tipped scepter
(mace) in right, globus cruciger
in left; reverse
: Struck in the City of Sis, cross
with wedges in the angles; SOLD
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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