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Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Baldwin III, 1143 - 1163
Baldwin III was was the eldest son of Melisende and Fulk of Jerusalem. He became king while still a child, and was at first overshadowed by his mother Melisende, whom he eventually defeated in a civil war. During his reign Jerusalem became more closely allied with the Byzantine Empire, and the Second Crusade tried and failed to conquer Damascus. Baldwin captured the important Egyptian fortress of Ascalon, but also had to deal with the increasing power of Nur ad-Din in Syria. He died childless and was succeeded by his brother Amalric.
ME85299. Billon denier, Fine style "smooth" series; Metcalf Crusades, group 4, 159 - 64; Malloy Crusaders 17/18; Schlumberger III 21, VF, centered, toned, Jerusalem mint, weight 0.875g, maximum diameter 17.8mm, die axis 180o
, 1143 - 1163; obverse + BALdIHVS REX (B with "central tongue", X with straight arms and pellet ends), cross pattée; reverse + dE IERVSALEH, tower of David, annulets at top corners; old anonymous dealer or collector envelope priced $12.50 and notes, "One of best of hoard"; SOLD
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