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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
Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.
Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire. SH52140. Bronze Bisante, Lambros 107, gVF, double strike, weight 4.251 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 45o, Nicosia mint, 1570 A.D.; obverse PRO REGNI CIPR PRESIDIO, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETORV / FIDES INVI / OLA BILIS / BISANTE / I, inscription in five lines; very scarce; SOLD
Kingdom of Cyprus, 15th Century A.D.
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 Billon denier, Unpublished(?), Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -, gF, weight 0.530 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 270o, obverse lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse cross pattée, a letter in three or four of the quarters; extremely rare; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.
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 Byzantine Empire.BZ95156. Billon aspron trachy, CLBC 6.2.1 (R2); DOC IV-1 2, pl. XVIII B.2; SBCV 1991; Grierson 1117; Hendy p. 136 & pl. 19, 6, F, weak strike, porous, edge cracks, weight 4.632 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 180o, Cyprus main (Nicosia?) mint, c. 1187 - 1191; obverse MP - ΘV, the Virgin, nimbate, seated facing on throne without back, nimbate head of infant Christ on breast; reverse IC-AA-KIOC - OΓEWPΓIOC (clockwise on left, columnar on right), Isaac (on left) and St. George stand facing full-length, holding patriarchal cross between them, Isaac crowned and wearing imperial dress, anexikakia in right hand; Saint nimbate, in military attire, sword in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; rare; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, Peter II, 1369 - 1382
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
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
Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C., Paphos, Cyprus
Kreuzer, in his book The Coinage System of Cleopatra VII and Augustus in Cyprus, assembles evidence dating this type to Cleopatra VII instead of the reign of Ptolemy IV used in older references.GP89287. Bronze dichalkon, Kreuzer p. 44, first illustration; Svoronos 1160 (Ptolemy IV); SNG Cop 649; Weiser -, aVF/F, dark patina with highlighting earthen deposits, reverse off center, weight 1.386 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, 51 - 30 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Cleopatra VII as Isis right, hair in melon-coiffure; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ, double cornucopia flanked by ribbons; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdoms of Jerusalem and Cyprus, Henry II, 1285 - 1324
Henry II was King of Jerusalem and King of Cyprus from 1285 to his death in 1324. His brother Amalric, Prince of Tyre, conspired against him and had him imprisoned from 1306 until Amalric died in 1310. Henry resumed the his throne with the aid of the Knights Hospitallers on 26 August 1310. In 1313, he oversaw the dissolution of the Templars in Cyprus and the transfer of their property to the Hospitallers.SH95339. Silver gros, Metcalf Crusades pl. 28, 706; Malloy Crusaders 64, gVF, nice strike, attractive toning, tight flan, weight 4.569 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 315o, Cyprus mint, second rein, 1310 - 1324; obverse + HEnRI REI DE (triple stop), king seated on curule chair, foreparts of lions at sides, legs wide apart, cloak open, cruciform scepter in right hand, orb in left hand, double hem at neck; reverse + IERVSAL'm E D' ChIPR', Jerusalem cross; SOLD
Cyprus, Colony of the Venetian Republic, Emergency Issue, Ottoman Siege, 1570 A.D.
Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic after it was purchased in 1489. This coin was an emergency issue minted while Famagusta was under siege by the Turks. It was to be redeemable in silver after the war. In 1571 Famagusta was captured and Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire. ME16470. Bronze Bisante, Duby II 4; Neumann I 917; Schlumberger Tf. 8.14, F, weight 3.800 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 225o, Farmagusta mint, 1570 A.D.; obverse CYPRIPRESSIIH PRO REG, winged lion left, 1570 below; reverse VENETOR FIDES INVI OLABILIS BISANTE 1 F, in five lines; SOLD
Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398
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
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