E-Auction 36 Lot 2

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E-Auction 36 Lot 2

CRUSADERS. Beyliks of Western Asia Minor. After 1348. AV ducat. 3.44 gm. 22 mm. Late 'K' series, imitating the Venetian ducats of Andrea Dantolo (1344-1354). Doge to right, kneeling left, grasping long scepter held by St. Mark to left, standing right before him; ANDR DANDVLO S M VENET DVX / Christ standing facing, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels, in mandorla (iconographic frame) with nine stars; SIT T XPE DATO T V K SIS ISTE DVCAT. Gamberini 344 (Robert d'Anzou). Ives pl. XIII. CNI VII 37 (Venetians in the Levant). Lambros-Clarence 89-95 (Robert d'Anzou). Mazarakis (Lanz) 707. Mazarakis, Beyliks, Group I. Good Very Fine; well centered and well struck. Rare early example struck in debased gold.

According to Mazarakis these are the first gold coins of the post-Seljuk beyliks of western Asia Minor.

For more Crusader issues, see lots 74-79.

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