King Henry II Crusader Gros Petit Pendant

Item #4344
$810.00

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  • Obverse: Jerusalem Cross
  • Reverse: King Henry II
  • Date: 1285 - 1324. Grade: Very Fine
  • Mint: Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Silver Gros Petit Coin in 14k White Gold Pendant, Weight 4.9g
  • Framed Coin Size: 20mm Diameter, with 6mm Bail Opening for Necklace
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This coin was minted 7 centuries ago on the Mediterranean Island and Crusader Kingdom of Cyprus. The island was conquered by King Richard the Lionheart of England during the 3rd crusade in 1191. It was sold to the Knights Templar and then ruled by the French House of Lusignan. Henry II, from the Lusignan Dynasty, was crowned King of Cyprus in 1285. Soon after, with a fleet of his ships, Henry attacked and captured the coastal city of Acre, which is in present day Israel. With this major victory in the Holy Land, Henry became the last ruling King of Jerusalem.
However, after the historic battle of the Siege of Acre in 1291, Henry and the Crusaders lost control of the city and much of the territory in this Holy Land Kingdom. Henry escaped back to Cyprus and continued to rule there as King and to claim the Kingdom of Jerusalem as well. His reign in Cyprus was very prosperous and he was very much involved with the justice and administration of the Kingdom. Henry often planned to recover the former territory in the Holy Land and he twice wrote to Pope Clement V asking for a new Crusade.
On this coin, Henry is seated, while holding a fleur-de-lis tipped scepter and globus cruciger, which was a Christian symbol of authority during the Medieval Period. The obverse shows a Jerusalem cross, also known as the Crusader Cross, which is a Greek cross with a smaller cross in each quadrant.