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412, Lot: 749. Estimate $500.
Sold for $340. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CRUSADERS, Chios. Uncertain. Circa 14th century AD. BI Denaro tornese (18mm, 0.99 g, 5h). + IIICЄLΛTVS I, cross pattée / + IΛCO (saltire cross) ЄV[...]IIS, châtel tournois. Cf. Spink 238, lot 2000 (Chios, Martin Zaccaria; for type); otherwise, unpublished in the standard references. Good VF, traces of silvering.

The similarity of the lettering in the legends on this coin to the Martin Zaccharia example – in particular, the letter S on both coins – suggests that the same punches were used to make the dies for both issues.