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Coins of Cyprus
Byzantine Empire, Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.

|Isaac| |Comnenus| |of| |Cyprus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |Comnenus,| |Usurper| |in| |Cyprus,| |1184| |-| |1191| |A.D.|, |tetarteron|
Isaac Comnenus maintained independent rule in Cyprus for 7 years. He was defeated by Richard the Lionheart of England during the third crusade. Isaac was imprisoned and Cyprus was never recovered by the empire.
BZ95148. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-1 7; CLBC 6.3.3 (R4); Hendy pl., 19, 14; Morrisson BnF 63/Ch(B)02; Wroth BMC p. 596, note 1; SBCV 1994; Ratto -, aVF, rough green patina, light scratches, off center, weight 2.836 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Nicosia(?) mint, 1184 - 1191 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse ICAAKIOC ∆EC or similar, Comnenus bust facing, wearing crown, divitision and sagion, cruciform scepter in left hand, akakia in right hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; very rare; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00


Salamis, Cyprus, Euelthon, c. 530 - 500 B.C.

|Cyprus|, |Salamis,| |Cyprus,| |Euelthon,| |c.| |530| |-| |500| |B.C.|, |stater|
King Euelthon (or Evelthon) of Salamis is believed to be the first ruler to strike coins on Cyprus, and this was almost certainly his first coin type.
GS94044. Silver stater, Bank of Cyprus 2 - 3; BMC Cyprus p. 46, 2 - 4; SNG Cop 31; Dewing 2528; Asyut Hoard 787 ff.; Tziambazis 95 var. (ankh before ram), F, tight flan, bumps and marks, inscription weak and partly off flan, weight 11.160 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, Salamis mint, c. 530 - 500 B.C.; obverse ram recumbent left, Cypriot inscription above and below: e-u-we-le-to-ne; reverse blank; scarce; SOLD


Kingdom of Cyprus, 15th Century A.D.

|Cyprus|, |Kingdom| |of| |Cyprus,| |15th| |Century| |A.D.|, |denier|
Deniers with rampant lion and cross types were struck by many of the Kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem. Types were struck with stars, pellets, or crosslets in the quadrants. Janus struck the type with an S in one quadrant. We do not know of another example with letters in more than one quadrant. Unfortunately we can't read the legends or the letters in the quadrants but it is possible a specialist could improve the attribution.
CR68025. Billon denier, Unpublished(?), Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, gF, weight 0.530 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 270o, obverse lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse cross patte, a letter in three or four of the quarters; extremely rare; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

Lambros, P. Coins of the Medieval Kingdom of Cyprus. (Vienna, 1873).
Malloy, A., I. Preston, & A. Seltman. Coins of the Crusader States, 2nd Edition. (New York, 2004).
Metcalf, D. Coinage of the Crusaders and the Latin East in the Ashmolean Museum Oxford. (London, 1995).
Metcalf, D. The Silver Coinage of Cyprus, 1285-1382. (Nicosia, 1996).
Michaelidou, L. & E. Zapiti. Coins of Cyprus. From the Collection of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. (Nicosia, 2008).
Neumann, J. Kupfermnzen. (Prague, 1858).
Schlumberger, G. Numismatique de l'Orient latin. (1878; Supplement 1882; reprinted: Graz, 1954).
Sothebys. The John J. Slocum Collection of Coins of the Crusades. Catalog of public auction, 6 March 1997. London.
Tziambazis, E. A Catalogue of the Coins of Cyprus (from 560 B.C. to 1571 A.D.). (Larnaca, 2002).

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