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bby_449735 - CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tank ou obole

CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tank ou obole AU
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Price : 185.00 €
Type : Tank ou obole
Date: 1198-1219
Date: c. 1198-1219
Mint name / Town : Sis
Metal : copper
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 3 h.
Weight : 7,95 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large, bien centré des deux côtés. Patine marron superficielle
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Obverse description : Tête de lion vue de trois quarts à droite et ornée d’un diadème à trois fleurons.
Obverse translation : (Léon roi des Arméniens).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Reverse description : Croix patriarcale accostée aux deux cantons inférieurs d’une étoile à cinq rais.
Reverse translation : (Frappé dans la ville de Sis).

Commentary


Léon II fit de Sis sa capitale en 1198, ce monnayage ne peut être que postérieur à cette date.

Historical background


CILICIE - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEON I, King of Armenia

(1198-1219)

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

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