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Coins of Cyprus

Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Peter II, 1369 - 1382

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SH31998. Bronze AE 14, Malloy Crusaders 106; Seltman, Num. Circ. (Feb 1968), p. 37, fig. 2, aF, weight 0.509 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, obverse + PIERE. ROI D, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERUALEM, cross pattée, pellet in each quarter; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States; extremely rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh IV, 1324 - 1359

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The legends give Hugh IV his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus.
CR31990. Billon half gros, Metcalf Crusaders pl. 30, 737; Malloy Crusaders 68, VF, weight 2.292 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 285o, Nicosia? mint, obverse + HVGVE REI DE, king seated on curule chair, foreparts of lions at sides, legs wide apart, cloak open, cruciform scepter in right, orb in left, double hem line at neck, no field mark; reverse + IERVSAL'm E D' ChIPR', Jerusalem cross; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Old round tag notes, "AHB. 1954."
CR32014. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 113a; Metcalf Crusades 797; Schlumberger VII, 9, VF, legends difficult to read as usual for the type, weight 0.685 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 270o, Nicosia mint, May 1385 - 9 Sep 1398; obverse + IAQVE ROI DE, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + Ch IERV3ALEm, cross pattée; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398

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The Parliament of Cyprus named James king while he was captive in Genoa. To gain his release James agreed to new privileges for Genoese merchants and accepted Genoese sovereignty over the captured city of Famagusta, something that no previous king had conceded. Until he was released, Cyprus was governed by 12 nobles. Some of them opposed his return. In April 1385, James returned to Cyprus and was welcomed at Nicosia with great enthusiasm. He was crowned in May 1385 in Saint Sophia Cathedral. After his crowning, his opponents were arrested and punished. He was crowned King of Jerusalem in 1389. In 1393, Leo VI of Armenia died, and James assumed the title of King of Armenia. He was formally given the title in 1396. That kingdom was by now reduced to the city of Korikos, which had been in Cypriot hands since its conquest by Peter I of Cyprus. Upon his death, James was succeeded by his son Janus.
ME85300. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 113a; Metcalf Crusades 797; Schlumberger VII 9, aVF, toned, light corrosion, edge crack, tiny hole, legends difficult to read as usual for the type, weight 0.743 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Nicosia mint, May 1385 - 9 Sep 1398; obverse + IAQVE ROI DE, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERV3ALEm D, cross pattée; ex C. Subak (Chicago, Sep 1975); SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Henry I, 10 Jan 1218 - 18 Jan 1253

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Henry I of Cyprus was 8 months old when his father died. His mother was the official regent, but her uncle, Philip of Ibelin, governed. When Philip died, the effective regency passed to his brother, John of Ibelin. In 1228, Frederick II HRE took Cyprus, but when he left the island, John attacked and regained control. Henry I assumed rule at age 15. He was also Regent of Jerusalem for Conrad of Hohenstaufen, 1246 - 1253.
CR67310. Billon denarius, Malloy Crusaders 25c, F, weight 0.826 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 225o, obverse + hENRICVS, double annulet at end of legend, cross pattée; reverse + REX CYPRI, gateway with battlements, pellet in doorway; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh III, 1267 - 1284

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Sotheby's Auction 10-14-99. Ex John J. Slocum Collection.

The legends give Hugh III his titles as King of Jerusalem and Cyprus.
CR31978. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 34; Metcalf Crusades type 1, aVF, weight 0.480 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, obverse + hVGVE REI DE, cross pattée, double pellet stops, open E's; reverse + IhRL' m:ED' ChIPR, lion rampant left, S-shaped tail ending outward, open C's and E's; rare; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Hugh I, 1205 - 1218

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CR31993. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 12; Metcalf Crusades Class IV, F, crack, encrusted, weight 0.551 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, obverse + • hVGO • REX •, cross pattée, crescent in upper left and lower right quarters, annulets in upper right and lower left quarter, pellet stops in legend; reverse + • CYPRI •, gateway with battlements; struck with clashed dies, fragment of another coin attached to reverse, from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States, ex A.J. |Seltman| Collection; scarce; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Henry I, 1218 - 1253

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex John J. Slocum Collection.
CR32012. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 24b var. (obverse legend ends in two pellets), VF, clashed die reverse, weight 0.611 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 225o, obverse + hENRICVS, cross pattée, pellet in upper left and lower right quarters; reverse + REX CYPRI :, gateway with battlements; SOLD


Cyprus, Under Venetian Rule, Doge Girolamo Priuli, 1 September 1559 - 4 November 1567

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ME31996. Billon denier, Schlumberger VIII, 7, VF, grainy, weight 0.498 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 180o, obverse +.HIERON.PRIOLI DVX., cross pattée, lozenge in each quarter; reverse S•MARCVS VENETVS, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States; SOLD


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Peter II, 1369 - 1382

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Peter II's reign was a period of decline. He lost his father's Cypriot possessions in Asia Minor. The Genoese invaded causing massive damage. They then captured him and the fortified port Famagusta after they were allowed entrance for negotiation. He was forced to make a humiliating agreement, requiring huge payments and giving up Famagusta and Kyrenia to Genoese sovereignty.
SH67852. Bronze fractional dinar, Malloy Crusaders 106; Seltman, Num. Circ. (Feb 1968), p. 37, fig. 2, F, obverse off-center, weight 0.708 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1369 - 1382; obverse + PIERE. ROI D, Lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERUALEM, cross pattée, pellet in each quarter; extremely rare; SOLD




  




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Lambros, P. Coins of the Medieval Kingdom of Cyprus. (Vienna, 1873).
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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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