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Coins of the Holyland Crusaders

Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land and collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, it was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Historically of great importance, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH31532. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 132 var.; Seltman, NC 1966, p. 61, 2 var., F, weight 0.316 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, obverse A/N-T/I counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; reverse blundered ANTI in the angles of a long cross pattée; unpublished variety of an extremely rare type; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Tripoli, Sidon or Uncertain Syria, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." See Malloy Crusaders p. 197 for a discussion of the late anonymous series.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Unique and historically important, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

SH32275. Bronze pougeoise, Unpublished and unique!, see Malloy Crusaders p. 176 for similar six-rayed chrismon pommeté types, aF, weight 1.185 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, obverse six-rayed chrismon pommeté, pellet between each ray, obscure (probably blundered) Latin inscription; reverse five-rayed chrismon pommeté (expected type is a cross pommeté), pellet between each ray, obscure (probably blundered) Latin inscription; unique!; SOLD


Crusaders, Tripoli, Sidon or Uncertain Syria, Anonymous Coppers, c. 1250 - 1289

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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. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Saif al-Din Qalawun Al-Salihi captured Tripoli on April 27, 1289, ending the Crusader County of Tripoli.

The fabric and crudeness in design of the anonymous copper pieces, such as this coin, put them in into a similar time frame as the anonymous copper of Sidon and Antioch, perhaps during the Mongol invasions of the 1250s or perhaps later.
SH32271. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; see Malloy Crusaders p. 152 ff. for a discussion of the coinage of Sidon and similar types, VF, weight 1.314 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, obverse small cross in square with traces of inscription; reverse two long lines with a pseudo inscription of pellets and streaks; unique!; SOLD







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