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Aspron Trachy of Isaac II Angelos_obv

Aspron Trachy of Isaac II Angelos

Born in 1156 A.D., Isaac II Angelos was Byzantine Emperor from 1185 to 1195 and briefly in 1203. He ascended to the throne during a period of intense political upheaval, confronting challenges from both internal dissent and external pressures. Isaac grappled with the formidable Fourth Crusade and the intricate diplomacy required in dealing with the Latin West. His rule was marred by political unrest, uprisings, and military setbacks. Despite the adversities he confronted, Isaac II Angelos remains a compelling figure in Byzantine history. We are offering these Aspron trachy from his reign in “Fine” grade which have a green patina, the obverse has the Virgin Mary and the reverse Isaac II. PLEASE NOTE: Photography is representative of the coin supplied
Billon Tanka of Firoz Shah Tughluq_obv

Billon Tanka of Firoz Shah Tughluq

Firoz Shah Tughluq was 42 when he became Sultan of Delhi in 1351 and he ruled until 1388. Much of what we know about him comes from his 32-page autobiography, titled Futuhat-e-fi rozshahi. He faced many rebellions at the start of his reign but he worked to improve the infrastructure of the empire building hospitals, canals, reservoirs and wells. He founded several cities around Delhi, including Jaunpur, Firozpur, Hissar, Firozabad, Fatehabad. We have just bought a small group of these billon (debased silver) Tankas from his reign.
Bishops of Valence, Crusader Silver Denier (1st Crusade) 1157-1276 AD_obv

Bishops of Valence, Crusader Silver Denier (1st Crusade) 1157-1276 AD Very Fine

Valence is a town in Southern France, not far from Grenoble, it is dominated by the ancient cathedral of Saint Apollinaire which was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1095 and completed in the early 12th century. Valence had been ruled by the Bishops from around the 4th-Century, these silver deniers were issued under their authority and were widely used by the early Crusaders to fund the religious wars in the Holy Land. The obverse shows a stylised angel with spread wings resembling an eagle with the legend around VRBS VALENTIAI (Ville de Valence). The reverse shows a cross with an annulet in one quarter with the legend S APOLLINARS (Saint Apollinaire).
Cilician Armenia, Levon I (1198-1219), AR Tram  Extremely Fine_obv

Cilician Armenia, Levon I (1198-1219), AR Tram Extremely Fine

On 6 January 1198, the Armenian Kingdom was formed when the then Prince Levon (The Lion) II was crowned as King Levon I, King of Cilician Armenia. He became known as ‘Levon the Magnificent’ due to his numerous contributions to political, military, and economic influence. His growing power made him a particularly important ally for the neighbouring crusader state of Antioch. The coinage of King Levon I set the standard for that of following Cilician rulers, comprising coins struck in silver, copper, and bronze and the odd, very rare, gold issue. On these silver Trams he is shown seated facing on an ornamented throne, holding a cross and fleur-de-lis with the legend ‘Levon King of the Armenians’ around. The reverse depicts a pair of lions standing back to back flanking a tall cross with the legend ‘By the Will of God’ in Armenian around. These are nice grade silver coins available in Extremely Fine condition, and are now over 800 years old, from a once-influential but now long-forgotten kingdom.
Constans II 40 Nummi Constantinople VG-Fine_obv

Constans II 40 Nummi Constantinople VG-Fine

Born in 630 A.D., Constans II became the Byzantine Emperor at the tender age of 11, reigning from 641 to 668 A.D. Despite his youth, he confronted a myriad of challenges, including conflicts with the Arab Caliphate and internal strife within the empire. In an endeavour to evade persistent threats from the Arab Caliphate, Constans II made the significant decision to relocate the capital from Constantinople to Syracuse. Notable for his initiatives to fortify the Byzantine military and his contributions to architecture, Constans II’s reign came to a tragic end in 668 A.D. when he was assassinated during a rebellion orchestrated by his chamberlain. We are offering these 40 Nummi struck in Constantinople on irregular shaped flans showing a beardless Constans on the obverse and a large M on the reverse, all have a sandy/earth patina, and they come in VG-Fine grade and are very reasonably priced.
Crusader Coin from Antioch_obv

Crusader Coin from Antioch

We have available a number of these small copper follis coins issued under the rule of Tancred, an Italian born nobleman who took part in the First Crusade. After the crusade he became Prince of Galilee and Regent of the Principality of Antioch from 1100 until his death in 1112. The coins themselves date from between 1104 until 1112. On the obverse is a bust of St Peter holding a cross with the Greek inscription “God help your servant Tancred” on the reverse. They are crudely struck but grade Fine.