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bby_493683 - CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tram d'argent

CILICIA - KINGDOM OF ARMENIA - LEO I King of Armenia Tram d argent AU
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Type : Tram d'argent
Date: c. 1180-1220
Date: c. 1198-1219
Mint name / Town : Sis
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 5 h.
Weight : 3,01 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan bien centré, de style fin et de haut relief. Magnifique patine de médaillier avec des reflets dorés et bleutés irisés

Obverse


Obverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Obverse description : Léon couronné et drapé trônant de face, tenant une fleur de la main droite et un sceptre fleurdelisé de la gauche ; le trône est orné de têtes de lion.
Obverse translation : (Léon roi des Arméniens).

Reverse


Reverse legend : LÉGENDE ARMÉNIENNE.
Reverse description : Deux lions rampant opposés ; au milieu, croix arménienne.
Reverse translation : (Frappé dans la ville de Sis).

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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