Crusader Coin - Bohemond III - Circa 1163-1201 CE


Denomination: Denier                 

Date:
 1163-1201 AD
Reign: Bohemond III                                                                     Mint: Antioch (Turkey) 
Mount: Sterling Silver Pendant with garnet accents. Chain included.
Description: Obverse: Helmeted Crusader Knight wearing chain mail.  The legends reads
ANTIOCHIA.
Reverse:  Crusader Cross with crescent in second quadrant. The
legend reads BOAMVNDVS.

History: The First Crusade was declared in 1095 by Pope Urban II and its objective was
to provide military support to Byzantine Emperor Alexios I against the Seljuk Turks, as
well as reclaiming the "Holy Land" from Muslim rule. The Crusades started around 1095
and continued for nearly 200 years, during that time four different Crusades were made t
o retake Jerusalem. The Crusades in the Middle East ended when the city of Acre fell in
1291.

These silver deniers or pennies were issued in the name of King Bohemond III (1163-1201)
, who in the summer of 1191, alongside Guy de Lusignan met Richard of England
(Lion Heart) during the siege of Acre. Richard was part of the Third Crusade (1189–1192),
an attempt by three European monarchs (including Richard of England) to reconquer the
Holy Land from Saladin.


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