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bby_790485 - CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tank ou obole de bronze

CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tank ou obole de bronze AU
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Type : Tank ou obole de bronze
Date: c. 1198-1219
Mint name / Town : Sis
Metal : copper
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 7,69 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Jolie tête de lion. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Obverse description : Tête de lion couronnée à droite.
Obverse translation : (Léon roi des Arméniens).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Reverse description : Croix patriarcale accostée de deux étoiles à cnq rais.
Reverse translation : (Frappé dans la ville de Sis).

Commentary


Monnayage peu courant.

Historical background


CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia

(1198-1219)

Armenians first lived around Lake Van. Nicephorus II Phocas (963-969) settled a significant part of the Armenian people in Cilicia. After the Seljuk invasion in Asia Minor, it constituted an independent principality whose first monarch was Roupen (1080-1095). Leo II received from Emperor Henry VI, in 1198, a crown which made him an independent monarch of Byzantium which would fall in 1204. Leo II made Sis his capital in 1196. Leo II (Levon II) is sometimes called Leo I ( Levon I) as king of Armenia, but this numbering is not unanimous. Indeed, he is the first to be crowned king of Armenia in 1198, before they were "Princes of the mountains".

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