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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 745

CRUSADERS, Antioch. Levon I of Armenia. 1198-1219. BI Denier (19mm, 0.84 g, 11h). Sis mint, but struck for use in Antioch.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 745.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Early Medieval & Islamic, Coin-in-Hand Video, Billon

Sold For $ 2 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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CRUSADERS, Antioch. Levon I of Armenia. 1198-1219. BI Denier (19mm, 0.84 g, 11h). Sis mint, but struck for use in Antioch. + LЄO DЄI GRTIA (sic), cross pattée / + RЄX ARMЄИIOR, crowned facing head; crown with pendilia. AC 281 var. (obv. legend); CCA 9 var. (same); MAC 33 var. (same); CCS 133a var. (same); CNG 115, lot 823 (same rev. die); CNG 85, lot 100. Areas of minor weakness at periphery, slight ghosting on reverse. Good VF. Extremely rare.

When Levon was granted the title of king of Armenia, he took the assumption that this entitled him to the crusader principality of Antioch as well. Despite two assaults on the city in 1203 and 1208, Levon was never able to capture it and enforce his claim against Bohémond IV. These rare western-style deniers were most likely struck at Sis for circulation in the Antiochene territory that Levon did hold.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 3, which begins 20 May 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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