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The 1949 Israeli pruta specimen coins were struck by Imperial Chemical Industries of Birmingham, England. Ten specimens of this aluminum 25 pruta type are known. Eight coins are graded by PCGS: one graded SP-58 and attributed to "Ex Kagan Maremba," one coin is graded SP-62 (this coin), and six coins are graded SP-64. Some, including this coin are attributed "Ex Kings Norton Mint," but all are very likely from that origin. Photos of a circulated specimen have been posted online; it is probably a pocket piece that was carried by a ICI Birmingham employee.SL89428. Aluminum 25 Pruta, Isranumis SP4, cf. Krause KM12, PCGS SP62 (530399 62/83977976), sharply detailed with flashy white fields, ICI Birmingham mint, 1949; obverse bunch of grapes on vine with two tendrils, Hebrew: Israel above, Arabic: Israel below; reverse 25 / Hebrew: prutah / SPECIMEN / Hebrew: 5709 (1949) in four lines, all withing wreath; ex Heritage, NYINC Signature Sale 3071 (6-7 Jan 2019), lot 30769; ex Kings Norton Mint Collection; 10 specimens known; $3700.00 (€3256.00)
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
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