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Coins of Cyprus
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


Menorah Appliqu From a Ring or Other Use

|Cyprus|, |Menorah| |Appliqu| |From| |a| |Ring| |or| |Other| |Use|
From 114 to 117 A.D. the Jews of Cyprus revolted and massacred gentiles in great numbers. After the uprising was put down, every known Jew in Cyprus was killed and a law was passed forbidding any Jew, even from a shipwreck, to set foot on the island. Nevertheless Jewish residents remained on the island and in 610 A.D. they were sufficiently numerous to participate in an insurrection against Heraclius. In 646, and again in 1154, Cyprus was devastated by Arabs.
SH17036. Reportedly found on Cyprus, weight 0.537 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, uncertain date; obverse oval appliqu from a ring or other use, with a seven branched menorah surrounded by a Greek inscription; reverse blank; 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 Billon denier, Unpublished(?), Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, gF, weight 0.530 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 270o, obverse lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse cross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).
Levinson, R. The early dated coins of Europe 1234-1500. (Williston, VT, 2007).
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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