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large silver Crusader coin necklace, Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus King Hugh IV

large silver Crusader coin necklace, Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus King Hugh IV

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This coin was minted during the reign of Hugh IV (and King of Jerusalem, as Hugh II) 1324-1358 in Cyprus. Struck from silver, about 25mm (0.98 inches) in diameter.
The obverse depicts Peter enthroned facing, holding sword in right hand and globus cruciger in left; coat-of-arms to right. Surrounded by X HVGVE - REI DE.
The reverse depicts the Jerusalem cross, consisting of a large cross potent surrounded by four smaller Greek crosses. Surrounded by + IERVSAL’M E D' CHIPR’.

 

The coin is safely held by a four prong setting, made from sterling silver and polished to a nice shine. Bail opening is 6.5mm.

  • overall pendant hanging length is 40.5mm (1.59 inches)
  • sterling silver chain in the length of your choice
  • ready to ship in 3-5 days


Very fine coin condition with detailed depictions on both sides. This coin is NOT a replica, but a real ancient artifact. You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity.


Historical Background:
Cyprus, Byzantine possession, was quasi-autonomous to the Third Crusade, when Richard the Lion Heart captured the island in 1191. The following year, he sold Cyprus to Guy de Lusignan, the last king of Jerusalem in the title, which had been driven from the Holy Land after the defeat of Hattin against Saladin in 1187 and the siege of Acre the previous year. The island should remain in the hands of the Crusaders until 1473. The kings were crowned in Nicosia to Famagusta Cyprus and Jerusalem. Hugues IV, nephew of Henry II, since 1318 the husband of Alix d'Ibelin. His long reign was marked by the resumption of the war with the Turks. He signed treaties of alliance with the Venetians, Rhodes and the Pope.

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