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Crusaders, Knights of St. John(?), Antioch(?) or Jerusalem(?), 1095 - 1291
This type is may be connected to the order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, whose main function was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy City. The type has also been attributed as emergency money from the last days of the defenders of Christian Antioch. ME59122. Leaded bronze token, Casanova 533; R. Pesant, NCirc 94, September 1986, p. 222, 1-2, weight 1.136 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, obverse cross with forked lower limb (cross on Mount Calvary); reverse cross with forked lower limb (cross on Mount Calvary); SOLD
British Mandate for Palestine, 1918 - 1948, 3 Coin Lot
The British Mandate for Palestine (1918-1948) was the outcome of the the peace treaties that brought the First World War to an end and British occupation of territories previously ruled by the Ottoman Empire. After the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution to partition Palestine on 29 November 1947, Britain announced the termination of its Mandate for Palestine, effective 15 May 1948. At midnight on 14 May 1948, the State of Israel declared its independence.LT91810. Mixed Lot, 3 coin lot, all with PALESTINE and denomination in English, Hebrew and Arabic, KM 6 silver 50 mils 1940, KM 5 copper-nickel 20 mils 1927, KM 4 copper-nickel 10 mils 1935, actual coins in the photographs; SOLD
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, weight 0.875 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 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