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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Medieval & Modern Coins| > |Crusaders| > CR96934
Crusaders, Frankish Greece, Despotate of Epirus, Philip I of Taranto, 1294 - 1312
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Philip received Lepanto in 1294 as a dowry from his wife Thamar. In 1306 Charles II of Naples gave his son Philip I of Taranto the title "Despot of Romania." Romania referred to Frankish lands previously ruled by the Byzantine Empire (the Romans), including: Albania, Corfu, the Principality of Achaia, the Duchy of Athens, the Duchy of the Archipelago, and the Despotate of Epirus. Coins were struck for Philip with this title at Lepanto (Naupaktos), in Epirus, across the Gulf of Corinth from Patras. In 1313, Philip abandoned his claim to Epirus and claimed the defunct Latin Empire of Constantinople instead as the inheritance of his wife Catherine II of Valois, Princess of Achaea.Frankokratia_Map
CR96934. Billon denier tournois, Metcalf Crusaders DR2(b)i, pl. 43, 1117; Malloy Crusaders 113 var. (stops), F, well centered, strike a little weak, light deposits, tiny edge splits, Lepanto (Nafpaktos, Greece) mint, weight 0.741g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 270o, c. 1307 - 1313; obverse + (pierced crosslet) Ph'S P. ACh' TAR D' R (Philippus princeps Achaie, Taranti, despotus Romanie, rounded letters, C closed by bar), cross pattée within inner border; reverse ⚜ NEPANTI CIVIS (rounded letters, C closed by bar), castle tournois, surmounted by a cross dividing legend, fleur-de-lis below; from the Louis G Estate; $90.00




  






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